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could you tell me what are signs of angina?

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Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 41 years experience
Pressure: Angina is a symptom of myocardial ischemia, or reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. This is usually caused by a blockage in a coronary artery from cholesterol plaque build up. Classic anging in tightness of pressure behind the sternum, usually increased with physical activity or stress, and improved with rest. There may also be associated symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating (cont).
Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 41 years experience
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or nausea, and the discomfort may spread to other parts of the body, typically the arms neck or lower jaw. Angina that is not like the classic description is "atypical angina", and comes in many forms, and may present as shortness of breath without pain, nausea, back pain...among many others.
Jul 16, 2013

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is angina disease hereditable?

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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Angina pectoris is chest pain that occurs with exertion. It is caused by a narrowing or partial blockage in the arteries. Coronary artery disease (blockage of the arteries to the heart) is strongly influenced by family history or genetics as well as other factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, exercise level, and smoking.
A 21-year-old member asked:

My dad died of angina, am I more likely to get it?

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Dr. Amy Gruszecki
Pathology 27 years experience
Yes: Your dad likely died of the medical conditions that cause angina - atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. These diseases are passed on in families. So you have a likely chance to also have those diseases.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Agree. This is the 21st century and if you choose a fitness lifestyle, it will generally protect you from coronary artery atherosclerosis despite your family history.
Aug 29, 2012
A 52-year-old member asked:

Is eecp an enhanced external counter pulsation for angina?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
To decrease angina: Enhanced external counterpulsation (eecp) is a procedure that forces more blood to flow into the coronary arteries (which supply blood to heart muscle). A person uses the eecp machine 1 hour, 5 days a week, for 7 weeks. The treatments are intended to cause long-term improvements in blood flow to the heart muscle, thus decreasing angina (chest pain) symptoms. Only certain patients qualify for eecp.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

When could eecp treatment be used for people with angina?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Must meet criteria: Only certain patients qualify for eecp treatment. Some criteria include: being no longer helped by medicinal therapy, having angina that is restricting one from doing daily activities, being at high risk of complications if catheterization or surgical treatments were to be done, not having blood pressure, heart rate, or heart valve problems that would disqualify one for eecp, etc...
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it really uncommon to have angina at 17?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: It takes years for typical atherosclerotic plaques to develop to the point where they are bad enough to cause flow problems and angina. There are however some rare situations which could cause angina in someone that age.

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