Are you someone that has experienced constriction that starts in the middle of the chest, which then travels to the throat, neck, back, jaw and down the left arm? As if all of that wasn’t bad enough, you’ve also experienced extreme sweating, difficulty breathing, nausea and dizzy feelings. During this time, you’ve probably convinced yourself [...]
Whenever blood flow to certain areas of the heart muscle is reduced (ischemia), you will experience a pain deep to the breastbone known as angina (angina pectoris). Usually, angina is caused by atherosclerosis in the wall of the coronary artery; however, it can also be due to a spasm of the vessel. The pain, discomfort, or the feeling of pressure or squeezing may be severe; though, the intensity of the distress may vary. The pain may radiate to the shoulder and down the arm (usually on the left side), but may involve both arms, neck, and even the lower face. These symptoms mimic those of a heart attack but usually last only a few minutes and are relieved by rest or a drug such as nitroglycerine.
Alternative Treatments for Angina