Are you experiencing a heavily tight pressure or squeezing sensation in your chest? It’s possible that it may be a sign of Angina.
Angina is when your heart struggles to get enough blood and oxygen. Usually, it isn’t life threatening, but it’s a definite warning sign that you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke. This should be motivation enough to make some positive changes in your life.
What we’re trying to say is; don’t panic just yet, because with the necessary treatment and healthy lifestyle adjustments, it may be possible to successfully manage and live with angina while reducing the risk of a more serious problem.
There’s a lot you can do that may reduce and even prevent the various types of angina from further occurrence. We’ll go over this and more in our article below.
The three types of Angina:
First, let’s take a look at the three different types of Angina:
Also known as angina pertoris, stable angina is a chest pain that usually follows a pattern and occurs during strenuous activity like physical exercise, or when suffering from emotional stress.
Your heart works harder and struggles as a result of it not getting enough oxygen, and this is where the pain comes from. If this sounds familiar, you should see a doctor right away.
Potential risk factors for stable angina include some of the following:
- A lack of exercise
- Being overweight
- A history of heart disease
- Having high cholesterol or high blood pressure
Being the least serious form of an angina, it may be treated with subtle lifestyle changes. Simple adjustments such as reducing physical exertion may go a long way in controlling these pains.
Nitro-glycerine medication may also reduce pains associated with stable angina, but through a healthy diet and regular, light exercise, you may just be able to keep this condition under check.
Now, this type of angina is a little more serious. Not following a pattern, it may occur more often than stable angina and may also be much more painful. The most common cause of unstable angina is coronary heart disease because of atherosclerosis.
A fatty substance known as plaque builds up along the walls of your arteries which causes them to narrow and become less flexible and this is where the pain comes from. The narrowing of your arteries can be directly linked to heart attacks because of reduced blood flow to the heart.
Risk factors are similar to that of stable angina with the addition of the following:
- Old age
- A history of coronary heart disease
- Prevalent in males
With unstable angina it’s also imperative that you see a heart specialist immediately.
A doctor may prescribe blood thinners such as aspirin to ease flow to the heart. Other medications that are used to treat unstable angina are meds that reduce anxiety, blood pressure and cholesterol.
The more severe the angina, the more sever the treatment. Again, your doctor will have this information, but severe unstable angina can result in surgery such as angioplasty, a stent or even a heart bypass.
The rarest kind of angina, only representing 2% of all angina cases. It is also known as variant angina or prinzmetal angina. It is a transient discomfort or pain brought about by a spasm in one or more of the coronary arteries, which may block the blood supply to the heart muscle.
Sometime blocking the supply of blood to the heart completely, these spasms vary from slight to severe. Prinzmentals, unlike stable or unstable angina is not caused through exertion but instead occurs when an individual is at rest. It also usually occurs in younger patients.
Risk factors are quite different to other types of angina and include the following:
- Exposure to cold weather
- Medicines that tighten or narrow blood vessels
- Cocaine use
There are medicines that may assist in managing these spasms such as calcium antagonists and nitrates, but prinzmetal angina is a chronic condition and therefore you should consult a professional. This is usually covered by your healthcare provider.
Supplements for Angina
Neprinol Advanced Fibrin Defence is a powerful and effective blood cleanse supplement that may help control the pains experienced with Angina. It essentially softens and emulsifies arterial plaque and fibroids, therefore cleaning and thinning out the blood.
It has a host of other benefits too, such as:
- Strengthening the immune system
- Kills off bacteria and viruses
- Improves circulation
- Speeds up recovery from strains, sprains, fractures, bruises and surgery
- Dissolves scar tissue