When you have a sudden pain in your chest, you might either take it lightly or get into panic mode thinking heart Attack. Well you have to be careful, but no need panicking. Angina is one of the possibilities along with simple acid reflux, indigestion or lung problems.
There are two major types of Angina. First one is stable angina, where symptoms are predictable as there is always a trigger such as exertion, fatigue, anger or some other form of stress. There are many natural home remedies for angina for the stable type to get pain relief.
The other type, unstable angina is random and unpredictable. Symptoms of unstable angina occur without any trigger, therefore it sometimes remains unnoticed and that is dangerous. It is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.
Angina pectoris or simply angina is a discomfort for a short period of time when heart muscles do not get enough blood and thereby not enough oxygen, because of one or more of the heart's arteries is narrowed or blocked. It may be give a squeezing feeling in the chest, or the pain may travel to shoulders, arms, neck, back and jaws.
7 Home Remedies for Angina
Angina is common in people over the age of 50 however it can occur at younger ages also. It is more common in men than women. Angina pain generally last from 1 to 15 minutes. There can be multiple instances of such pain during a week.
Angina is felt as fullness, uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest. Other symptoms include weakness, indigestion, sweating, nausea, cramping, and shortness of breath. The discomfort can move to jaw, neck, shoulder, back or arm. It is important to note that all such pains may not be of angina. Acid reflux (heartburn) and lung infection or inflammation can have the same symptoms.
Treat for the Type of Angina
Stable angina often gets triggered in the activities that require more blood in the heart, such as sudden fast running whereas walking might not. Angina may happen during exercise, strong emotions or extreme temperatures. Sometimes it can occur while resting in the people who get heart muscle spasm.
People with valve heart disease and people with enlarged heart (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can also get angina attacks. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can also cause angina.
Angina is a warning signal. Though it does not cause permanent damage to the heart, it is serious because it is an indicator of underlying coronary artery disease. In some people it can progress to cause a heart attack, and death. Activities like climbing stairs and limits the amount of exercise you can perform gets limited in angina.
During an angina attack you should stop what you are doing and wait for the pain to pass. If the pain lasts for longer than 15 minutes, you should dial 999.
Unstable angina usually occurs at rest and lasts longer than stable angina. Even nitroglycerin often can’t help to reduce pain. You may wake up from the sleep
Unstable angina occurs due to rupture of a plaque in a coronary artery creating a partial blockage of the artery. As the ruptured plaque and the blood clot moves in the artery, the ruptured plaque may grow or shrink causing a irregular blood flow resulting in angina.
If the ruptured plaque causes complete block of an artery then the lack of oxygen supply to the heart muscle from that artery may cause irreversible muscle damage. This means a full blown heart attack is imminent.
That is why unstable angina should never be ignored and immediate medical attention should be given