How To Recognize Angina

If you know someone who suffers from frequent chest pain, that person has a great chance of having angina. Angina is scientifically known as "angina pectoris," the main symptom of coronary artery disease.

Angina is a type of pain in the chest that is triggered whenever the blood flow to the heart is abnormal. This kind of condition should be treated seriously and needs immediate medical attention. It is said that if a person has high blood sugar, he won't be able to feel angina because his nerves are already damaged from pain. However, it is always better to recognize and detect angina as early as possible. Here are important hints and tips that would help you recognize angina:

  1. If you feel any kind of pain or heaviness in the chest area, which may seem like mere indigestion, consult your physician immediately, especially if it occurs more than once. The pain might seem negligible to you, but it might be an early sign of angina pain.
  2. Watch for heartburn symptoms. If you experience any heartburn, the truth is, it may be something else -- angina. Never assume that the symptoms are mere cases of heartburn nor self-medicate. Let your doctor do this for you. Make sure you give a precise description of the pain that you feel every time you suffer from it. Also take note of the frequency and severity of the symptoms.
  3. If you suffer from pain, discomfort, or any kind of uneasiness in the body that transfers to different body parts, such as the back, jaw, arms, shoulders, throat and neck, there is a strong possibility that you are experiencing other symptoms of angina. Have yourself checked by a doctor as soon as possible. It is always better to prevent diseases than to cure them. And remember, angina pectoris is not only concentrated on the chest area. The pain also moves from one body part to another.
  4. Never try to diagnose your own sickness, especially if the symptoms (that may seem to be indigestion or heartburn) keep coming back, and do not subside. It is wiser to have at least two or three opinions from doctors and physicians, than to have a hunch from yourself.
  5. Call 911 or go to the emergency room as soon as you feel any of the following symptoms FOR NO REASON:
    • Having trouble breathing, or shortness of breath
    • Sweating heavily
    • Feeling exhausted, fragile, or even fainting
    • Vomiting or feeling nauseous
    • Feeling dizzy
    • Having severe indigestion or heartburn
    • Palpitations (having a rapid heartbeat);Having pain or pressure on your chest, back, jaw, arm or neck (Although there is also such thing called ‘silent heart problem,' where no pain is felt.

Keep in mind that in order to avoid this type of medical condition, you need to live a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, if you feel unusual pain or something makes you uneasy, don't hesitate to consult your physician immediately. As much as possible, avoid self-medication so it won't mask the symptoms for your doctor, who needs to be able to treat the disease.


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