Angina is derived from a Latin term ‘to strangle’ and can be translated to feeling of strangling in the chest. Angina is a chest pain or discomfort which is caused when the heart muscle does not get enough oxygen from the blood. It can feel like a heart attack but it is a warning sign from the heart. It may feel like indigestion and the pain can spread to the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back.
HOW IS ANGINA DIAGNOSED?
There are several tests under cardiology which help in diagnosing angina: 1.ECG 2.Stress test 3. Echocardiogram 4. Nuclear stress test 5. Chest X Ray 6. Blood tests 7. Coronary angiography 8. Cardiac CT scan
HOW IS ANGINA TREATED?
Angina is treated by a cardiologist by relieving the symptoms to reduce the risk of heart attack. A stenting of the heart wall where there is blockage may be considered as a means of treatment to angina.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lifestyle changes are also required to deal with this ailment.