Angina Attack

An angina attack event

Angina attacks are commonly seen as chest pain and is the most common symptom of coronary artery disease. Chest pain or angina occurs when heart muscles do not get enough oxygen from the blood. This disease occur in those people who are suffering from heart disease or having uncontrolled high blood pressure. People suffering from this problem say that it feels like someone is standing on their chest. Angina is typically described as pressure, tightness, heaviness, squeezing and pain in the chest. This is accompanied by a shortness of breath

Symptoms of an angina attack include chest pain or discomfort, pain in arms, pain in neck, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, sweating, dizziness and pain around the jaw.  Angina usually occurs during exertion, severe emotional stress, or after a heavy meal.  During these periods, the heart muscle require more blood oxygen than the narrowed coronary arteries can deliver.  Chest pain typically remains from 1 to 15 minutes and is relieved by rest or by placing a nitroglycerin tablet under the tongue.

Medication example - tablets for an angina attack
A spray may be prescribed instead of a tablet.

Having an Angina Attack

Angina is chest pain that happen when  heart muscles do not get a sufficient amount of oxygen. This problem can be serious if it is not cured or proper treatment is not taken in time.  It is a serious disease that can affect both men and women.  For the treatment of angina attacks there are various medicines available from your medical provider prescriped by your doctor. This medicine is available in the form of tablet by generic name. It can be used for other medical condition as directed by doctor or health care professional.

As a prescription medicine so few precaution need to be taken before using to avoid any side effect.
1) It should not be used by people who are allergic to this medicine or to its ingredient.
2) Patients using this medicine should remove grapefruit and its juice from their diet.
3) Should not be used by people who are suffering from liver problems.
4) It should not be used during emergency.
5) Pregnant and breastfeeding mother should not use this medicine without consulting a doctor.

Before taking this medication you should inform your doctor if you are taking any prescription, non prescription and herbal medicine, to avoid any drug interaction.  Do not increase or decrease the dose of the medicine on your own. Take this medicine as prescribed by the doctor or health care professional. Take this medicine with a full glass of water regardless of meals. The tablets should not be crushed or chewed, should be swallow as a whole. Take this medicine at the same time each day.  Store it in room temperature away from light, heat and moisture. Keep all medicines away from the reach of the children and pets.

Other less common variations include:

Variant angina – angina inversa, prinzmetal angina, vasospastic angina, coronary vessel spasm, or coronary artery vasospasm.

Many patients with variant angina have asymptomatic (eg don’t display any symptoms) episodes of coronary artery spasm. Probably more frequent than expected, and cause insufficient blood flow to parts of the heart, and include arrythmias – an irregular rhythm of heart beats.