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?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind angina consists of three steps:
|Sphincter Of Oddi Dysfunction**||19%||Unlikely|
|Heart Disease||0%||Ruled out|
|Cigarette Smoke Damage||0%||Ruled out|
Have you experienced Angina?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ No / angina ruled out
→ Past episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
An episode of angina is not a heart attack. The pain of angina means that some of the heart muscle is temporarily not getting enough blood. Angina does, however, mean that there is underlying coronary heart disease. Although patients with angina are at increased risk of heart attack, an episode of angina is not a signal that a heart attack is about to happen. When the pattern of angina changes (more frequent or longer-lasting episodes, or occurring without exercise), the risk of heart attack in subsequent days or weeks is much higher.
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.
Smokers have on average 33% more angina attacks than do non-smokers.
Heart conditions such as angina or ischemia can cause pain that appears to come from the abdomen.