WHO GETS ANGINA?
Nearly 10 million people in America have angina, and an estimated 500,000 will develop angina every year. Reducing the following risk factors may help control your angina and prevent a heart attack:
- Cigarette smoking
- High blood pressure
- High LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Low HDL (good cholesterol)
- High triglycerides
- High blood sugar (over 100 mg/dL)
- Being overweight
- Not exercising
You may also feel angina under certain conditions, called the 4 Es, or "triggers."
The 4 Es include:
- Eating a large meal
- Exercise and other physical activity
- Extremely cold weather
If you experience angina with any one of these triggers, be aware that having two triggers at once (such as exercising in extremely cold weather) may cause you to have angina more easily.
TESTS FOR ANGINA
There are a number of tests available to help learn more about your angina. These tests will help your doctor or nurse determine the best treatment for you.
- Resting electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
- Exercise test (stress test)
- Echocardiogram (ECHO)
- Cardiac cath (coronary angiogram)
- Thallium test
TREATMENTS FOR ANGINA
There are two types of treatment for angina- controlling your risk factors and medicines and procedures to prevent or relieve your angina.
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