Angina is chest pain that occurs when the heart doesn’t get enough oxygen. Around 1 in every 7 men and 1 in every 12 women over 65 have angina. Most angina is caused by atherosclerosis - narrowing and hardening of the arteries restricting blood flow. Angina can be described as a discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing or a painful feeling. Often, it can be mistaken for indigestion. If you have symptoms of angina, seek medical advice. If you've had angina before, use your angina medications as directed by your doctor and try to determine if this is your normal pattern of angina or if the symptoms are worse. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about angina, what causes it, how to treat it and much more.
When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control - like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. However, there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker.
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