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Signs and Symptoms of Angina

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Signs and symptoms of angina
Angina which is often known as Angina Pectoris is a Crushing and choking pain of the chest. It is typically described as a squeezing pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in the chest. Angina Pectoris is  caused by a reduced blood flow and consequently oxygen to the heart muscles. Angina is associated with coronary heart disease (CHD). In this disorder, the coronary arteries becomes narrowed, thickened and eventually blocked thereby reducing or even stopping blood flow to the heart muscles. Sometimes, fats (atheroma) are deposited on the walls of the coronary artery leading to a condition known as atherosclerosis.

When you are under stressful conditions, your heart muscles work even harder and the demand for oxygenated blood increases even further. If the coronary arteries are narrowed and thickened, the required amount of oxygenated blood is unable to reach the heart in time thereby triggering the symptoms of angina Pectoris.

Signs and Symptoms of Angina

Some of the signs and symptoms of angina pectoris are:

Crushing Chest Pain or Discomfort

This pain usually starts as a mild discomfort which may progress to a more severe tightness, heaviness and a squeezing sensation with difficulty in breathing. It sometimes seems as fullness in the centre of the chest, the discomfort is also felt in the neck, jaw shoulders, etc. This pain is often suffocating and choking.

Pain in Arm, Neck, Jaw, Shoulder, etc

It seems this pain which mostly originates from the chest is radiating or traveling from your chest to different parts like the upper parts of your arms (left arm seems to be more pronounced), neck, jaw, upper parts of the abdomen to the back between the two shoulder blades (scapula) from the chest.

Nausea

This is a feeling that one is about to vomit, a seasickness feeling which is a common symptom of angina. This nauseating feeling could be as a result of the inadequate or insufficient supply of oxygenated blood to the heart and heart muscles.

Fatigue

This is a mental and physical tiredness that accompanies angina pectoris. This could be as a result of the insufficient supply of oxygenated blood to the heart muscles. This consequently weakens the activities of the heart muscles and heart itself, which is followed by pain and a drop in oxygen supply to the brain. This is a common symptom of angina.

Some other well pronounced signs and symptoms of angina pectoris are:

  • Shortness of breath,
  • Sweating,
  • Dizziness,
  • Restlessness,
  • Anxiety/ nervousness,
  • Vomiting, and
  • Lightheadedness, etc.

Some of the most common and well pronounced Complications of Angina Pectoris are:
  • Heart attack, and
  • Stroke,
  • Circulatory shock,
  • Heart failure,
  • Fluid accumulation in the lungs (pulmonary oedema),

  • Blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), and
  • Recurrent myocardial infarction.
Angina Pectoris is a serious threat to your health. If you are suffering from Angina Pectoris, then you are experiencing a Crushing Chest Pain. This pain is like a squeezing pressure, heaviness, tightness or fulness at the centre of the chest. This pain is frustrating to an extent where you can no longer enjoy or have a healthy meal. You will experience some other attributed of angina such as severe chest pain, and lack of energy, fatigue, lethargy and tiredness which are common symptoms of angina. Therefore, angina can be  life threatening.

See a Doctor

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms and Complications stated above, if your chest pain is becoming frequent with exertion and lasts for few seconds to about 5 minutes and seems not to go away even when you have rested or sometimes relief you only with adequate rest. Dear, it could be
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Call Your Doctor...!
Make an appointment with your doctor and get evaluated for proper treatment. If the chest pain is sudden and persistent, please call your local emergency service.


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