What Causes Angina?

In order to manage angina we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow angina symptoms to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind angina consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to angina symptoms.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Cigarette Smoke Damage
  • Dehydration
  • Sphincter Of Oddi Dysfunction*
* symptoms can be very similar

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent 'chills'
severe fatigue after slight exertion
nasal congestion
low cold water fish consumption
recent heavy tobacco smoking
being easily irritated
numb/burning/tingling extremities
reduced skin elasticity
dizziness when standing up
jaw lymph node problems
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
being easily excitable
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of angina symptoms:
Cause Probability Status
Cigarette Smoke Damage 97% Confirm
Mercury Toxicity 16% Unlikely
Dehydration 2% Ruled out
Sphincter Of Oddi Dysfunction** 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
** Symptoms can be very similar

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate pre-existing cardiovascular problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you experienced Angina?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No / angina ruled out
→ Past episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of angina, history of angina or having angina, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

Dr. Bantmanghelidj, MD in his book Your Body's Many Cries for Water reports many cases of angina attacks being reduced by drinking adequate water.

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

Mercury poisoning may be causing chest pain or angina, especially in anyone under age 45.

Cigarette Smoke Damage

Smokers have on average 33% more angina attacks than do non-smokers.

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