Don't Ignore Angina: It's Your Wake-Up Call

Don't Ignore Angina: It's Your Wake-Up Call

Angina, or chest pain, is often a precursor to a future heart attack and a warning sign you need to sit up and take notice.

Board Certified Cardiologist Michael Avaricio, MD, of Advanced Cardiac Care, helps patients control their heart health. Located in the Ozone Park area of Queens, New York, Dr. Avaricio explains why you shouldn’t ignore your angina.

Let’s start with a look at what angina is.

Angina 101

Angina, in its simplest definition, is a symptom of heart disease that causes pain or pressure in your chest, though people can experience this pain in different ways. Most patients with angina complain of pain, pressure, squeezing, or tightness, and the discomfort ranges from mild to severe.

The pain can also spread from your chest to your shoulders, arms, head, neck, and through to your back. 

Angina can further be broken down into stable angina and unstable angina. 

This blog will focus on stable angina, which is far and away from the more common form of the spectrum.

Behind your angina

As stated earlier, angina is The pain of heart disease, and it’s a loud one. The main reason the pain comes on is that your heart isn’t getting the oxygen it needs from its clogged arteries, which forces your heart to work under less-than-ideal circumstances. 

Angina may also be tied back to several other severe conditions, such as a pulmonary embolism, an enlarged heart, a tear in your aorta, blood clots in your arteries, or a narrowing of a valve (stenosis). And the list goes on. The bottom line is that any pain that originates in your chest is, more often than not, signaling a much more critical condition that needs our attention.

Just as a chronic, nagging pain in any other area of your body sends you to a doctor, so should angina.

The heart of the matter

As a cardiovascular specialist, Dr. Avaricio has a clear handle on the many conditions that can cause angina, and he works with you to uncover the underlying problem.

Using the most advanced testing, including electrocardiograms, stress tests, blood tests, and imaging, Dr. Avaricio leaves no stone unturned when it comes to your heart health. Fortunately, angina gives you plenty of time to do something about your recurring chest pain.

Answering the call

After a thorough examination and diagnosis, Dr. Avaricio devises a treatment plan to help your heart get the oxygen it needs for better function. One of the first steps is to find ways to tackle your clogged arteries, which is a progressive condition that doesn’t resolve itself independently. 

To do this, Dr. Avaricio uses different therapies and medications. Angina is more common in people who have weight issues and who lead sedentary lifestyles, two things within your reach to change. 

Simple changes in your nutrition and exercise can make a big difference in your heart disease, and the key is to get started because every little bit helps. Of course, he will provide you with guidance and point you in the right direction for any resources you may need to help you accomplish your dieting and exercise goals.

To learn more about what your angina is trying to tell you and the steps you should take to gain control of your heart health, schedule an appointment with Advanced Cardiac Care PLLC today.

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