Angina refers to the condition in which chest pain develops from insufficient blood to the heart muscle. This condition affects men over 35 and post-menopausal women. It may be brought on by exercise, emotional stress, or large meals in a person suffering heart problems. Under these conditions, narrowing of the arteries to the heart do not allow the necessary increase in blood flow necessary during certain activities. Pain is produced by the heart functioning with inadequate amounts of oxygen,
Causes of Angina Pectoris
Angina pectoris is caused by disorders that either supply inadequate amounts of blood to the heart or cause the heart to work harder than normal. These disorders include coronary-artery disease with partial blockage or spasm of arteries that supply blood to the heart, anemia, overactive thyroid gland, rapid heartbeat and heart-valve disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Angina Pectoris
Angina pectoris produces chest pain that might radiate into the jaw, the teeth, the ear, the arm or shoulder. The pain is usually brought on with physical exercise or stress and improves with rest. There may be a sensation of tightness, squeezing, pressure or ache in the chest. Sometimes, sudden shortness of breath develops. The chest pain may be similar to indigestion. Sometimes, there is numbness or tingling in the chest, arm or shoulder.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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