Angina-related chest pain can be the first indication you have a more serious heart condition. At Verma Health in Boynton Beach, Florida, the experienced cardiology team offers comprehensive heart evaluations in-office to determine the cause of your chest pain. Learn more about diagnosing and treating angina by calling the office today or by requesting a heart evaluation online now.
Angina is a condition that occurs when your heart muscle isn’t getting the supply of oxygen it needs, resulting in persistent chest discomfort or pain. Angina is not a condition itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem concerning your heart, often coronary artery disease.
There are several types of angina:
Unstable angina causes unexpected chest pain, often while your body is at rest, and should be considered a medical emergency. This type of angina results from a narrowing of the arteries due to a buildup of fat deposits.
Stable angina is chest pain that results from coronary heart disease, a condition that causes a narrowing or blockage in the arteries.
Prinzmetal angina generally causes intense chest pain while the body is resting, often in the early morning hours. This condition may result from spasms in the coronary arteries due to stress, cold weather, smoking, and certain medications.
Microvascular angina is a kind of chest pain that results due to coronary microvascular disease, a type of heart disease that affects the smallest coronary arteries of the heart.
If you have existing heart issues, including coronary artery disease or coronary microvascular disease, your risk for developing angina increases. You may also be at risk for angina due to:
As you get older, your risk for angina increases. If you have high blood pressure in addition to angina, your risk for a heart attack also goes up.
Any time you experience chest pain, you should schedule an evaluation at Verma Health. To determine the cause of angina, your Verma Health provider performs a physical exam and discusses both your family and personal health history. Early diagnosis is important. At Verma Health same-day appointments are always available.
Your Verma Health cardiologist may request additional heart testing, including an electrocardiogram (EKG), stress test, or echocardiogram to evaluate your overall heart health.
Depending on the results of your tests and physical exam, your Verma Health cardiologist may initially recommend lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for long-term heart issues. These lifestyle changes may include:
Your Verma Health cardiologist can also prescribe medications to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Don’t delay an evaluation for angina. Schedule a heart consultation at Verma Health today by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online now.