Angina pectoris is a term for chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease. This occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t get as much blood needed. This does occur because one or more of the heart’s arteries is blocked, also known as ischemia. Angina does cause uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest. This discomfort can be experienced in the neck, jaw, shoulder, back or arm. Many types of chest discomfort such as heartburn, lung infection or inflammation aren‘t related to angina.
Angina does happen when the heart muscle itself requires more blood than it is getting, for instance, during the time of physical activity or strong emotions. Many time, narrowed arteries may allow enough blood to get to the heart when the demand for oxygen is low, such as when sitting in a spot. But, with physical exertion such as walking up a hill or climbing stairs, the heart works harder and needs more oxygen.
Symptoms of Stable Angina
- Shows when the heart work harder, usually during physical exercise
- It doesn’t come as a surprise, and episodes of pain tend to be alike
- It often lasts a short time (5 minutes or less)
- It is relieved by rest or medicine
- It may feel like gas or indigestion
- It May feel like chest pain that spreads to the arms, back or other areas
Possible triggers of stable angina are:
- Emotional stress:- learn to manage stress
- Exposure to very hot or cold temperatures:- learn how to cold and hot weather affects the heart.
- Smoking:- learn more about stop smoking.
People with angina pectoris or sometimes called stable angina experience chest pain. The discomfort is usually predictable and manageable. It might be experienced while running or while dealing with stress. Normally this kind of chest discomfort is relieved with rest, nitroglycerin or both. Nitroglycerin relaxes the coronary arteries and other blood vessels, decreasing the amount of blood which returns to the heart and easing the heart’s workload. By relaxing the coronary arteries, it multiplies lies the heart’s blood supply.
If there is any case of chest discomfort, it is good to visit expertise for a complete test and, possibly, tests. And if there is stable angina and start experience chest pain more easily and more frequently consult the doctor immediately as you may be experiencing early signs of unstable angina.