Angina-Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Regular Chest Pain

Many times we hear sad stories of people who suddenly slumped and where rushed to the hospital only to die on the way or shortly on getting to the hospital.

Perhaps it was later said that the cause of that was an heart attack, one of the common symptoms usually ignored by such people is angina.

It’s no news that our emergency services aren’t as top notch as it should so whether such patients should die remains another issue.

Angina is a chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen or oxygen rich blood.

It could feel like a pressure or tightening in the chest.

It sometimes happens when an individual undergoes some physical exertion and might stop when such a person rests.

However there is a need to still see a physician for routine examination.

Angina itself is not a disease but usually  a symptom of an underlying heart problem.

An example is coronary heart disease that occurs when the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart are blocked or narrowed.

There are different types of angina with different levels of severity and the major risk factors for angina and heart disease include:

1.Smoking
2. Diabetes
3. High cholesterol levels
4. Obesity,
5. Unhealthy diet (especially one with high levels of saturated fat)
6. Physical inactivity etc.

There are other possible reasons for chest pain such as gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

It is therefore important to report all chest pains to the physician so that diagnosis can be done where necessary and treatment given to prevent worsening of the problem.

#Healthynaija