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Angina

AnginaIn simple terms, angina is discomfort or pain in the chest. When your heart muscle lacks sufficient supply of oxygen, this may be due to Angina. Insufficient supply of oxygen to the heart occurs due to the narrowing of arteries that take blood from one part to another. If left untreated, angina may lead to heart failure or stroke.

Symptoms and Causes

A symptom of underlying heart problem, angina occurs in variant, stable and unstable forms. Inadequate blood flow to the heart is one of the main causes of angina. The condition may worsen due to high blood pressure and hypertension. Higher cholesterol levels in the body also cause fat deposits on the arteries, known as plaque, which narrows arteries, thus preventing oxygen flow to the heart.

Some of the symptoms of angina include:

  • Tightness or discomfort in chest
  • Pain in neck, stomach, arms and jaws
  • Fast heart rate

Treatment

  • Doctors prescribe medications like nitrates, aspirin, statins, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers to reduce blood clots in patients suffering from heart problems.
  • Take adequate rest if you face a heart problem.
  • Eat fruit and green leafy vegetables. One of the best ways to treat angina condition is to increase intake of vitamins, magnesium, fish oil supplements. It is found that patients with angina lack vitamin E. So increasing intake of the vitamin may help in improving the condition.