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Angina Or Costochondritis
Angina is chest pain that is caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is not an actual disease, but rather a symptom of an existing heart problem. Most commonly, this underlying problem is due to an obstruction of the coronary blood vessels that surround the heart. There are different types of angina including stable angina, unstable ...Read more
Can a teenager get angina? I been having chest pains since I was 16 and drs say its costochondritis. Normal xrays and ekgs but im still nervous. I'm 18
Unlikely: At your age, costochondritis or heartburn are the leading cause of chest pain. Heartburn is from irritation at the stomach entrance and lower swallowing tube. This is located just behind the heart. It is aggravated by anxiety, caffeine, chocolate, acidic drinks, reclining after meals, etc. Costochondritis gradually heals. ...Read more
The common symptom is a pain, ache, discomfort or tightness that you feel across the front of the chest when you exert yourself. . You may also, or just, feel the pain in your arms, jaw, neck or stomach.
An angina pain does not usually last long. It will usually ease within 10 minutes when you rest. If you take some glyceryl trinitrate, it should go within 1-2 minutes ...Read more
Angina.: "Angina" refers essentially to a chest pain attributable to a reduction in blood perfusion to an area of the heart. While angina itself is not heritable, factors that can lead to angina, or heart disease in a more general sense, are heritable — hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and family history of heart disease to name some. ...Read more
Not life-threatening: Costochondritis is caused by inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall. Symptoms include chest wall pain that is reproducible by touching the area on the chest. It also typically hurts to take a deep breath, cough, etc. Treatment with antiinflammatory medications like ibuprofen and heat to the area decreases symptoms until the inflammation resolves. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
Angina is the symptom.
Cardiac ischemia related chest and substernal crushing chest pain with radiation to anterior neck and arm. Relieved by rest, oxygen, Nitroglycerin generally.
No heart damage done with the spell.
No enzyme release. If it gets worse, does not stop, and damage done, it is a heart attack with myocardial infarction as the medical term. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
No: Disability means a person cannot do something that a person (without a particular illness or problem) can do. Costochondritis is not a disability because a person with costochondritis can still do many or most of the things that people without costochondritis can do. However, one can be disabled in one's own profession... which means that costochondritis may be a disability for a trumpet player. ...Read more
See below:: Angina is generally not painful although it can get painful if unchecked. It's typically described as a pressure or tightness in the mid chest. Many describe it as a vise tightening around their chest or weight sitting on their chest. There is often breathlessness. It lasts 5 to 20 minutes usually but is variable. Please note: it does not occur in 19 year olds! ...Read more
Unlikely at 27: Angina is chest pain of the heart when your heart does not get enough blood or not enough oxygen from a blockage. AT your age this is less likely and should consider other reasons for chest pain. Need to see your doctor as soon as possible to workup why you are having pain. ...Read more
Signs of angina:
Angina pectoris is chest pain due to coronary supply/demand mismatch (blockage in coronary arteries with reduced flow to the heart muscle).
Objective signs of this state may include: ECG changes (st depression, st elevation, inversion of t waves), wall motion abnormality on echocardiogram, or abnormal cardiac enzymes (if angina is prolonged, heart damage occurs). ...Read more
Angina: Having good coronary artery flows is a marvelous preventive for angina pectoris. There is abundant literature out there on prevention of coronary artery disease. Not having anemia, not being diabetic and not having hypertension are also very useful things. Once you have angina, we have lots of medications and procedures to try to make up for not having normal coronary blood flow. ...Read more
To a degree: Angina is a manifestation of coronary artery disease whose primary cause is the formation of cholesterol plaques that narrow the vessel. Cholesterol plaque formation is directly linked to the degree of cholesterol concentration which, in turn, is partly dependent on the exogenous cholesterol supply. So, foods high in cholesterol will contribute to plaque formation and eventually to angina. ...Read more