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Stress Induced Angina
Angina: Angina pectoris is a symptom usually caused by decreased blood flow through an obstructed heart artery. The same symptom can be produced when the blood flow is not up to the demand. If there's too much muscle for a normal artery to supply, angina is possible. There are variations on this including not enough red blood cells in the blood but normal artery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Because: Angina is related to impaired blood flow. At rest the heart is better able to tolerate "clogged" pipes but it doesn't require a high flow rate. Under stress, like exercise, "clogged" pipes are a problem. Because of obstructions, the flow can't appropriately increase even though the heart require more blood flow/nutrients. The lack of nutrients damages the cells of the heart and leads to pain. ...Read more
Oh my goodness I cant relief my stress. Last night I had an angina episode due to high levels of stress. How to handle this?
Variant Angina: Vasospastic angina (coronary spasm) is associated with normal coronaries,. In the presence of significant physical, emotional or chemical (drug abuse) stress, chest pain is experienced.. Nitroglycerin, calcium channel blockers, anti-anxiety medication relaxation therapy help. Also worth trying omega oils (eg from www. Cardiamin.com using discount code CMC), magnesium and vitamin D supplements. ...Read more
Yes: A stress test is designed to progressively increase the heart rate and cardiac workload in order to bring out signs and symptoms of obstructive coronary artery disease. Substernal chest discomfort which comes on with physical or mental exertion, and is relieved by rest or Nitroglycerin defines angina. ...Read more
Had a heart by pass in 2005, but still get angina when stressed or if i get too cold.Getting angina at night only, could it be related to eating late.?
Probably not: Angina doesn't occur in a localized "spot" and typically patients will press their fist against their mid sternum and report a sensation of heaviness or pressure "like someone pressing down" on them. The words twinge and spot suggest a muscular cause. Depending on your specifics, though, it's never a bad idea to discuss this with your doctor and get a complete evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Test stop with pain: I presume you are scheduled for an Exercise Stress Test or a Treadmill Test, where an EKG is performed while you walk on a treadmill. In this stress test, the test must be stopped as soon as you experience chest pain. Therefore, the test is not useful (and thus contraindicated) in patients with unstable angina. Less invasive tests such as a nuclear medicine scan may be used instead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When under stress, i get left collarbone and arm discomfort immediately when the stressor occurs. Is this different than angina?
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