Monday, February 9, 2009
Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when an area of your heart muscle doesnít get enough oxygen-rich blood and in some cases may be the first sign of a heart attack. Dr. Edward Hill discusses angina in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
Angina is a squeezing pain or a pressing feeling in the chest. It is most often caused by blockages in the arteries that supply blood to your heart.
The pain of angina may make you sweat or make it hard to catch your breath. You may feel pain in your arm or neck as well as in your chest. If the pain is mild, it may go away after a minute or so of rest. If the pain is more severe, medicine may be needed.
Some people have angina that comes on with a certain level of activity and goes away easily. This is called stable angina.
When the pattern of angina changes, it is called unstable angina. Danger signs of unstable angina include someone who has not had it before, has more episodes of angina with less exertion and angina that comes on while you are resting.
Unstable angina may be the first sign of a heart attack. If you get angina, you should call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.