By Abdul Moiz,
Since in this age of hyper activity, one can’t spare the time to pay a visit to a physician at every hint of a common cold, temperature, unstable blood pressure, sore throat, cough, flu etc., it is more preferred to self-treat oneself with as little disturbance as possible. Knowing about an illness can help us gain a better understanding of it and a better understanding can help us find numerous self-help ways and approaches that can be used to treat it.
Angina Pectoris. What is it?
Angina or Angina Pectoris is a type of chest pain and discomfort in the chest region that occurs when not a sufficient amount of oxygenated blood (oxygen carrying blood) reaches the heart muscles. It may be felt as a tightening of the chest and neck region, stinging sensation in the back and a continuous pain or discomfort in the left arm. According to recent studies, Angina Pectoris now also incorporates heartburn, the searing sensation that is felt after having a hefty meal, excess coffee, soda, beer etc.
How is it caused?
Angina is usually an early warning sign that shows that the person going through such discomfort or pain might be in queue of experiencing a short-term or long-term heart disease, or more specifically, a blockage of one or more of the main blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood to the heart muscle/s. To be precise, angina or angina pectoris is the most typical of the symptoms of a heart disease. According to a survey, an approximately 9.8 million people are prone to it in the United States. An angina attack occurs when the blocked blood vessel hinders the flow of an adequate amount of oxygenated blood, or when there is a convulsion of one or more of the main blood vessels, thus leading to reduced blood flow to the heart muscle/s.
What are the symptoms of Angina Pectoris?
Although the symptoms of any illness can vary from person to person depending upon age, sex, medical history, metabolism etc., the average symptoms can be characterized as follows;
1. An agonizing pain, tightness, strangling-like sensation, burning sensation or utter discomfort in the chest region.
2. Pain in the arms (left arm mostly), jaw, neck, shoulder and back (in the upper region).
3. Pricking, numbness and aching in the arms and especially the elbows and wrists.
4. Breath-shortening and suffocation.
5. More than or less than the usual quantity of perspiration (sweating).
6. Getting nauseous (also a symptom of emotional stress).
7. Fatigue and Weariness.
8. Anxiety, uneasiness, nervousness and agitation.
9. Staying light-headed and dizzy.
10. Experiencing a mild headache.
What is the possible treatment of Angina?
Putting a Nitroglycerine tablet or capsule under your tongue is the most commonly employed medication or treatment for an Angina attack. It helps widen and broaden the blood vessel/s so more oxygenated blood can flow through and reach the heart muscles. Nitroglycerine is not the sole treatment of Angina but it can help relieve and rescind the symptoms for a timely visit to a doctor. After a person suffering from angina goes through a thorough evaluation, the doctor may prescribe other medicines such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers that can prevent angina. The person might be advised for a regular intake of aspirin as aspirin has the ability to dilute the blood, thus reducing any risk of blood-clotting and permitting easy flow through narrowed arteries. One might also refer to stress-relieving or reducing techniques such as relaxation or meditation exercises that help prosper calmness and peacefulness. Yoga might be opted as a good relaxation exercise.
How to self-treat angina? Can angina be treated at home without the need for going to a doctor?
As per the question whether angina can be treated at home or not, yes, it is possible to have a healthy home treatment for angina. Since the people who have been diagnosed with angina are mostly prescribed nitroglycerine, anyone who is prone to angina or has a medical history with angina should keep such tablets or pills with him/her for avoidance of potential health discrepancies. It’s better to sit and relax whilst putting a Nitroglycerine tablet under the tongue as it can cause dizziness. Once the tablet is dissolved, one should get up slowly once the symptoms begin to disseminate. If the pain perpetuates, its better and advisable to call a medical service provider. Any delay might lead to severity in health that can cause a heart-attack as heart-attack symptoms are often consistent with angina pectoris.
Taking healthy diet such as reduced cholesterol intake, reduced intake of food that is rich in protein and fat content. Slowing down one’s normal walking pace if it’s too quick. Better covering of head along with chest is advised in winters as severe weather can cause the arteries to narrow down and cause breath-shortening, suffocation and strangling-like sensations. If you’re already a heart-patient with a history of heart illnesses or possibly a heart-attack, you might need to take low dosages of an aspirin regularly so as to prevent another. Smoking is also to be abandoned if you’re an ardent smoker. Any alcoholic consumption should also be avoided as alcohol can mess around with good health. If you are over-weight, you might want to lose a few pounds. A 30 minutes exercise daily can also relieve you of stressful symptoms that might lead to a healthy day spending.
Though severity of condition might ordain evaluation by a physician, mild or controlled angina can be controlled if subjected to such care and caution as is prescribed. Any kind of heart illness is generally treated with physician prescribed medication. In some cases, however, people have most successfully reversed heart disease by regular exercising, following a strict, low-fat and low cholesterol diet recommended by their doctors, and making other lifestyle changes.
So why can’t you? Stop procrastinating and get hold of your health with a feasible and daily exercise plan.