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how do you get angina?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Angina: Angina is the pain produced by not enough blood flow to the heart muscle. Both exercise and stress increase the heart need for blood flow to the muscle. When the demand rises and the narrowed arteries don;t allow the supply to increase, angina results.
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Narrowed arteries: If you have angina, one or more of your heart (coronary) arteries is narrowed. This causes a reduced blood supply to your heart muscle. When your heart works harder (when you walk fast or climb stairs and your heart rate increases) your heart muscle needs more blood and oxygen. If the extra blood that your heart needs cannot get past the narrowed coronary arteries, the heart responds with pain

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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.
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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...
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the risk factors for getting Angina?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The risk factors for getting Angina include:: High blood pressure, Smoking, Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Peripheral vascular disease, Coronary artery disease.

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