The Best Treatment for Angina is a Change in Lifestyle

The first line of defence involves changing one’s living habits

The Best Treatment for Angina is a Change in Lifestyle

The Best Treatment for Angina is a change in lifestyle, often reducing or stopping altogether bad habits. Although, sadly, for many, it will be a combination of ‘new’ living habits and medication.

Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with angina and/or are experiencing Angina Symptoms you will need to learn to adjust your lifestyle to minimise the risk of angina attacks.

Take a few munites now to think about some of the sensible precautions you can start today; walk more, learn to meditate, reduce alcohol or cigarette consumption etc See below for more suggestions…

However, consult with your health professional before you undertake dramatic changes to your lifestyle.

You will have more chance of success if you begin with small changes, say one or two changes per week and monitor your progress. If you feel good, continue and make another change a week or so later.

If you try to change everything at once this can be quite a shock to your system.

Additionally, it just becomes too hard if you try to make too many changes all at once.

The underlying coronary artery disease that causes angina should be attacked by controlling existing “risk factors.”

These risk factors include:

  • high blood pressure
  • cigarette smoking
  • high blood cholesterol levels
  • and excess weight

The Best Treatment for Angina is

As mentioned above, the best treatment for Angina involves changing one’s living habits to avoid bringing on attacks of angina. Controlling physical activity, adopting good eating habits, moderating alcohol consumption, and not smoking are some of the precautions that can help patients live more comfortably and with less angina.

For example, if angina comes on with strenuous exercise, exercise a little less strenuously, but do exercise. If angina occurs after heavy meals, avoid large meals and rich foods that leave one feeling stuffed. Controlling weight, reducing the amount of fat in the diet, and avoiding emotional upsets may also help.

Angina is often controlled by drugs. The most commonly prescribed drug for angina is nitroglycerin, which relieves pain by widening blood vessels. This allows more blood to flow to the heart muscle and also decreases the workload of the heart. Nitroglycerin is taken when discomfort occurs or is expected.

Other drugs frequently prescribed to help reduce the heart’s workload include Beta blockers which slow the heart rate and lessen the force of the heart muscle contraction and Calcium channel blockers are also effective in reducing the frequency and severity of angina attacks.

When drugs fail to ease angina or if the risk of heart attack is high your health professional may recommend surgery or angioplasty. Coronary artery bypass surgery is an operation in which a blood vessel is grafted onto the blocked artery to bypass the blocked or diseased section so that blood can get to the heart muscle. An artery from inside the chest (an “internal mammary” graft) or long vein from the leg (a “saphenous vein” graft) may be used.

Balloon angioplasty involves inserting a catheter with a tiny balloon at the end into a forearm or groyne artery. The balloon is inflated briefly to open the vessel in places where the artery is narrowed.

In this section

What is Angina
Angina Prevention is Better than Any Cure
The Best Treatment for Angina is a Change in Lifestyle – You are here
Different Types of Angina – Stable and Unstable
Angina Symptoms
Angina Diagnosis | Not all Chest Pain is From the Heart

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