Pain in the Left or Right Chest.
If you have ever heard the term “angina pectoris” or “stable angina” in your doctor’s office, but do you know what it is, and what it could mean to you?
It is important to understand the basics.
Angina is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort due to Coronary Heart Disease. It occurs when the heart muscle does not get enough blood. This usually happens because one or more of the arteries of the heart become narrowed or blocked, which is also known as Ischemia .
Chest angina usually appears as an uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest. You may also feel discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulder, back or arm. (Many types of chest discomfort – such as heartburn, lung infection, or inflammation – are not related to angina.)
Angina in women may manifest differently than in men.
When is Breast Angina produced?
Angina often occurs when the heart muscle needs more blood than it is being pumped, for example, during hours of physical activity or strong emotions.
The narrowed arteries may allow sufficient passage of blood to the heart when the oxygen demand low, for example when sitting. But with physical effort, such as climbing a hill or climbing stairs, the heart works harder and needs more oxygen.
Symptoms of angina pectoris or stable – Pain or discomfort:
- It occurs when the heart has to work harder, usually during physical exertion.
- It’s not a surprise, and episodes of pain tend to be the same.
- Usually, they last a short time (5 minutes or less).
- It is relieved by rest or medicine.
- It can feel like indigestion or gas.
- It may feel like pain in the chest that extends to the arms, back, or other areas.
Possible triggers or causes of stable angina include:
- Emotional stress
- Exposure to very hot or cold temperatures.
- The heavy meals.
The treatment of breast angina
People with angina or stable angina have episodes of chest pain. The discomfort is usually predictable and manageable.
Normally this type of discomfort in the chest is relieved by rest, Nitroglycerin or both. The Nitroglycerin relaxes the coronary arteries and other blood vessels, easing the workload of the heart. By relaxing the coronary arteries, the blood supply to the heart increases.
If you feel discomfort in your chest, be sure to visit your doctor for a complete evaluation and possibly send you the appropriate exams.
If you have stable angina and start to get chest pain more easily and more often, consult your doctor immediately, as you may be experiencing the first signs of Unstable Angina .