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?
Treatment for angina depends on the extent of damage to your heart. People with mild angina can be treated with medication and lifestyle changes for better blood flow. In severe cases, angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) may be performed
DID YOU KNOW?
The pain areas of angina other than heart are arm, jaw or neck.