Angina refers to chest pain, but is specifically considered a cardiac symptom that occurs when there is inadequate blood flow to an area of the heart. This blockage or narrowing of the heart’s arteries is often seen in coronary artery disease. Angina can also be present if the heart arteries are inflamed, spasm or tear. It is a serious cardiac symptom that should never be taken lightly, as it could be a warning sign of a heart attack.
At Corrielus Cardiology, we are prepared to diagnose and treat angina in the comfort of our integrative cardiovascular care center in Philadelphia. We have a renowned cardiologist who brings extensive training in non-invasive cardiovascular treatments. We offer a number of advanced heart testing methods to determine the exact cause of your chest pain, which may include a Diagnostics Electrocardiogram (EKG) and/or a Cardiac Stress Test.
It is important to understand that angina symptoms are not always the same for each patient. Some patients explain their angina as squeezing pain, while other experience heavy pressure or a dull ache. It is also possible to suffer from shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, dizziness or irregular heart beat. If these symptoms persist and you experience severe angina during exertion, it is critical that you seek treatment and discuss your symptoms with a qualified physician.
Like most heart conditions, the treatment of angina depends on the severity of your symptoms as well as the cause of your chest pain. In general, angina may be treated using methods that relax the blood vessels and promote better flow to the heart, such as nitroglycerin or beta blockers. However, when angina is a result of a blockage in the heart arteries, a stent or bypass may be necessary.
At Corrielus Cardiology, we take extra measures to ensure patients understand the importance of optimal blood vessel health, which is largely fostered by healthy lifestyle choices and preventative care. This allows patients to avoid serious conditions and symptoms of the heart such as angina.
If you are experiencing chest pain, either crushing pain or heavy pressure, please contact Corrielus Cardiology today to seek treatment sooner rather than later. Our Philadelphia practice specializes in non-invasive cardiovascular care and we welcome the opportunity to restore your heart health so that you can live a stronger, longer and healthier life.