Angina is a sensation of chest pain, pressure or squeezing caused by a lack of blood flow to the heart. This condition is a symptom of coronary artery disease, and may be either acute, meaning it comes suddenly, or chronic, meaning it is an ongoing issue. If you are experiencing pain or pressure in your chest, we encourage you to learn more about how angina is diagnosed and treated.
Additional Signs of Angina
In addition to chest pain and discomfort, angina may be characterized by pain in the arms, neck, shoulders or back; nausea and vomiting; fatigue; shortness of breath; dizziness; and sweating. While some people with this condition experience a feeling like a vice gripping the chest, others describe the feeling as more like indigestion.
Stable angina, which is the most common form of this condition, tends to get worse when you exercise and go away when you rest. Unstable angina occurs even when at rest, does not respond to medication and may last as long as 30 minutes. This symptom could signify a heart attack or another medical emergency.
What Causes Angina?
This condition is most common among those who have coronary artery disease. You are more likely to experience the condition if you smoke; have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease; are older than age 45 if you’re a man or 55 if you’re a woman; are obese; lead a sedentary lifestyle; or are under a substantial amount of stress.
Anytime you experience chest pain, you should see an experienced medical professional right away. At his office in San Clemente, Dr. Steenblock can determine the cause of the pain and recommend treatment accordingly. Even if you have had angina for some time, it’s important to get medical attention if your symptoms have changed in any way. Mild angina can often be controlled by lifestyle changes. These may include:
- Smoking cessation
- Losing weight if you are overweight
- Controlling diabetes
- Taking frequent breaks when exercising
- Eating small meals
- Practicing stress reduction techniques, like meditation or yoga
- Exercising safely under a doctor’s recommendations
- Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
For more severe cases, our doctor may prescribe certain medications. The use of bone marrow stem cells and Stemgevity products has shown to improve symptoms of angina in certain patients. It all depends on your unique situation. Talk to Dr. Steenblock at his office in San Clemente to learn more about how his products can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.