Angina Treatment

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A few years back there was a very memorable commercial for a broadband internet service provider where people were struggling to drink thick milkshakes through overly narrow straws. They couldn’t get enough of that delicious goodness into their mouths to really enjoy it and be satisfied. How this relates to angina and an effective angina treatment? Well, we’ll get to that. Imagine that straw is a coronary artery to your heart, and the milkshake is the oxygen the heart needs a sufficient supply of to function normally and healthily.

Angina (angina pectoris – aka stable angina -, or unstable angina being the two primary types) is chest pain caused by a coronary artery being partially blocked by plaque buildup (stable angina) or blot clots (unstable angina). The biggest part of the risk with angina is that it can mean a heart attack in on the way. This isn’t always the case, but the risk is there and that’s why an effective angina treatment as directed by a physician is going to be important.

Back to our analogy of milkshakes and the wrong straw for the job, it’s not like your arteries can be replaced with a wide straw like you could do with the milkshake. So if you have this condition, your angina treatment is going to have to clear out the blockage in your ‘straw’, if you will, and let your heart get the unblocked flow of oxygen it needs. Fortunately, an angina pectoris treatment or unstable angina treatment will involve the use of one of many different medications effective for angina relief.

One milkshake every once in a while is okay, but if you’re having one every day you’ll find it’s a real negative for your midsection. Lifestyle changes are often required for maintaining a healthy body weight, and the same goes for an angina treatment. A healthy body weight and increased levels of moderate cardiovascular activity are helpful for having a healthy heart.

Are you a chocolate or strawberry shake person? Other? I’m a chocolate fan myself. But anyways, enough about milkshakes, straws and the like. Angina is a serious matter, and unstable angina is a VERY serious matter. So much so in fact that it’s understood that 10 to 20% of people with unstable angina will have a heart attack if they don’t get medical attention without delay.

Needless to say, if you have severe chest pain that doesn’t go away you should be on your way to a physician’s office as soon as possible.

Signs Something’s Not Well with Your Ticker

‘Ticker’ is a colloquial term for the heart, given for the fact that it ticks away all through the day (and your lifetime for that matter) pushing vital blood all over the body. When you think about the fact that your heart beats an average of some 120,000 times a day – and what that works out to over a lifetime – it really makes you understand what an amazing organ it is. Surely it’s worthy of what it takes to make sure all the components it relies on (arteries most specifically here) are in good working order.

Here are the most common signs of angina, or angina symptoms that can be seen with either of the two main types, as well as variant angina. These include:

  • Heaviness and pressure in the chest
  • Back-to-front squeezing of chest sensation
  • Feeling of overwhelming fullness in chest
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • General discomfort

Angina Treatment Options

And yes, all of these symptoms are one that will be hard to ignore, especially given the way they’re very pronounced with angina. They will lead you to seek a physician’s diagnosis for sure, and if you’re found to have the condition then he or she will set up an angina pectoris treatment or unstable angina treatment regimen for you. Cardizem LA (Tiazac) is a commonly prescribed medication for treating angina, and it belongs to calcium channel blocker class of drugs that treat high blood pressure. Nitrolingual Spray (Nitromin) is a nitrate medication that is administered as a spray, making it a good choice for speedy relief of angina symptoms.

Ranexa is often the best choice of medications when a person is suffering from chronic angina, and both Nitromin and Ranexa are available in a more affordable generic equivalent for anyone who find prescription medication to be pricey much of the time.

Any medication for angina should be paired with lifestyle changes that are in line with better cardiovascular health. A primary focus should be on maintaining a health body weight, and managing cholesterol, blood lipid and triglyceride levels that can factor into coronary blockages.

And it really is a smart choice to be proactive about these things, because if you continue to ignore the chest pain of angina then you may end up eventually finding yourself in need of surgery. In best case scenarios you’ll have what’s called an atherectomy, which involves removing the plaque starting to block the artery by means of an inserted catheter with shaving tip.

Be Proactive

Now I don’t know about you, but the idea of having anything inserted into my chest in any capacity does NOT sound appealing. And for that includes balloons too.

What am I going on about now with balloons? Well when the coronary blockages that are the causes of angina then a coronary angioplasty may be required as an angina pectoris treatment or unstable angina treatment. It also involves surgeons going into your chest, but with this procedure the surgeons will actually place a balloon in the artery to expand it. Effective? Yes. Intimidating and something most people would prefer to avoid by simply taking better care of themselves? Again, yes.

So instead of having ANYTHING inserted into your chest, how about making sure your ‘straw’ isn’t narrowed and kept as wide as possible so your heart can enjoy its ‘milkshake’.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for your pet. See your veterinarian for medical advice and treatment for your pet if you have any concerns.


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