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What is Angina? Heart Problems, Angina Symptoms and Natural RemediesBY: Jessica | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-07-31
If you experience discomfort in chest area or pain in heart, it could either be a heartburn or may be a serious condition called Angina. The symptoms of angina and heartburn can be very similar but they are two very different things. Heartburn is caused by production of too many acids in your tummy while Angina is caused by a reduced amount of blood to the heart, a blockage of the artery or tightening of the muscles.
Heartburn Symptoms: An acid taste in the mouth and a burning feeling in chest and throat.
Angina Symptoms: Tightness and pressure on chest and sometimes feels like burning sensation in heart. Sometimes it feels like indigestion too. Tightness can sometimes be also felt in the neck, jaws and arms. You may also experience one or more of these symptoms - Shortness of breath, weakness, sweating and nausea. Although angina happens usually among people over 35, it can very well happen among younger individuals. It does not matter how fit or thin you are, Angina can happen to anyone and should not be taken lightly. Angina may also feel like a heart attack.
DOCTOR's ADVICE IS IMPORTANT:
If you have even a slight doubt, please contact your doctor and never try to diagnose or treat it yourself. Even though some medical and natural remedies of Angina are mentioned here, you should always ask your doctor before following them. Your personal condition may make some of these treatments / remedies / cures not fit for you.
WHO IS AT A HIGHER RISK OF ANGINA:
People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetic, obese, smokers, less physical activity, metabolic syndrome, people more than 50 years and people with family history of early heart disease.
NATURAL WAYS / NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ANGINA:
The main reason of Angina is that certain area of the heart does not get an enough supply of oxygen (through blood). Treating or atleast minimizing chances of Angina may involve several changes in your lifestyle. It means eating healthy, losing excessive weight, reducing cholesterol, light exercising, stopping smoking, avoid large meals, avoid secondhand smoke and reducing stress in life. Prepare well balanced meals can help curing many other problems like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Introduce significant amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet and increase intake of Vitamins A, C and E. Slow down or take rest breaks if your angina starts on with exertion. Angina is a starting symptom of Coronary Artery Disease and can be classified as Stable, Variant and Unstable angina. Many people suggest that boiling a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with water, straining its solution and drinking it with addition of honey can be helpful in treating angina. Avoid as much stress and tension as possible and yoga or meditation can be helpful in this direction. Beet juice also serves as a good remedy in preventing angina. Honey, warm water and lemon taken every morning in empty stomach may also help. Some people suggest spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens and cantaloupe juice.
MEDICAL TREATMENTS OF ANGINA:
As mentioned before, you doctor is the best judge in diagnosing angina and referring appropriate angina treatments. Asprin can be helpful to thin blood. Nitroglycerin pills can improve blood flow by relaxing and widening blood vessels, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, oral anti-platelet medicines, and anti-coagulants can also be helpful. These help to relax blood vessels, control heart rate and control blood pressure. Surgical procedure like Angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery are other forms of treatment.
Best place to find latest information:
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and National Institutes of Health.
I am not a doctor, but someone who loves to write about topics on society, health and fitness.
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