What is angina?

Angina is a common condition that results from narrowing of the blood vessel of the heart. Over time the heart arteries in our hearts can spasm, thicken and narrow, restricting the flow of blood to the heart muscle.

This commonly happens when you exert yourself but can happen whilst resting too. Classic symptoms of angina include chest or jaw pain which radiates to your arms, neck or back with shortness of breath. Other symptoms of angina – especially at an early stage – may be a lot more subtle.

Treatments for Angina

There are a range of treatment options your cardiologist may suggest, depending on the outcome of your tests. These include:

  • Making simple changes to your lifestyle, such as increasing the amount of exercise you do and improving your diet. Often this can be enough to control the symptoms of angina
  • Prescribing medicine to control your symptoms or to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Medication can also be used to help prevent angina episodes
  • In more serious cases, treatment such as a heart bypass surgery or coronary angioplasty may be recommended

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