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Prinzmetal's Angina: All you need to know

About

Prinzmetal's Angina refers to angina caused by spasm in a coronary artery.
Around 6.5 million people in the United States have angina and only 2% of them suffer from Prinzmetals Angina. [1]
-Requires testing for diagnosis
-Treatment is available
- Can be chronic

Prinzmetals Angina can be very painful. The pain may last from a few minutes to 30 mins. Such a pain occurs as the blood flow gets obstructed due to spasm in the arteries that supplies blood to the heart muscles. Prinzmetals Angina usually occurs in people who smoke or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Prinzmetals Angina may include pain and discomfort in the chest, which may also spread to head, arms, or shoulders. It usually occurs during the night, early mornings, or while resting, and is usually severe.
Other symptoms may also include fatigue, nausea, anxiety, shortness of breath, sweating, and dizziness.

Treatment

Self-care:
- Hawthorn: The herb hawthorn helps in aiding people with heart diseases.
- Yoga: A 14-week yoga routine can help improve the health of the heart. Meditation may also prove to be helpful.

Medications: Spasms can be controlled by medications. Calcium antagonists and nitrates are the drugs that are usually prescribed for treatment. Beta blockers and large doses of aspirin may also be recommended.
Specialists: Angina is a very serious condition, and hence it becomes necessary to consult a specialist and work with him. At mfine, you will exactly receive the help and support that you need.

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