Angina Pectoris

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Definition

Angina pectoris is a type of chest pain or discomfort that is primarily caused by reduction of the blood flow to the heart muscle. This medical condition is categorized as a coronary artery disease.

Diagnosis

A physical examination is usually required to diagnose the problem along with the interview on the symptoms. Diagnosis is confirmed with an electrocardiogram, stress test, chest x-ray and echocardiogram. Early detection is important to stabilize the patient's condition and reduce the severity of the case.

Treatment

Treatment approach is usually a combination of medications, lifestyle changes and surgery. The goal is to reduce the severity of the condition and the accompanying symptoms. Invasive options include angioplasty, coronary artery bypass and stenting.

Symptoms and Signs

Among the symptoms associated with angina pectoris includes chest pain. This is often accompanied by fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, anxiety, dizziness, and sweating.

Causes

Angina is primarily caused by the significant reduction of blood flow to the heart muscle; this is a supply problem that causes the heart to have a limited oxygen rich blood supply. There are a number of possible causes that triggers this condition such as physical exertion, emotional stress, cold temperature, smoking, fatty deposits on the blood vessels, as well as severe anemia.

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