Angina

Common Name(s)

Angina, Angina pectoris, Chest pain

Angina is a type of chest pain caused by coronary heart disease, where blood flow to the heart is limited by clogged arteries. Blood carries and other nutrients throughout our body so if not enough blood gets to the heart muscle, the heart will not have enough oxygen to work properly. Angina is usually described as discomfort, heaviness, pressure, tightness, aching or squeezing and is often mistaken for indigestion. Angina is usually felt in the chest, but may be felt in the jaw, shoulders, back, arm or neck. Angina is an underlying symptom of heart disease, but is not a disease in and of itself. Angina should not be ignored because it could be the sign of a heart attack. If you have unexplained chest pain, seek medical attention.

Risk factors for angina include previous personal or family history of heart disease or heart attack. Men over 45 years of age and women over 55 are also at an increased risk. Other factors which increase an individual’s risk for experiencing angina include tobacco use, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, lack of exercise, obesity and high levels of stress

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To diagnose angina, a physician will perform a physical exam and ask about the history of heart disease in your family. More tests might be required to diagnose heart disease, such as blood tests and imaging (e.g. x-rays). Lifestyle changes can help prevent angina. Eating large meals, stressful situations and exercising very hard can bring on episodes of angina. Medications such a nitroglycerin are commonly used to treat angina and can be taken to relieve pain. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with angina, talk to your physician or cardiologist (heart doctor) about the most current treatments.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Angina" returned 2552 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Multiple penetrating aortic ulcers and rupture of superior mesenteric artery branch presenting with symptoms similar to unstable angina: A case report.
 

Author(s): Suqiao Zhang, Rui Lian, Guoqiang Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jun;97(24):e11126.

 

Penetrating aortic ulcer (PAU) and rupture of a superior mesenteric artery branch is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Decreased Serum Relaxin-2 Is Correlated with Impaired Islet β-Cell Function in Patients with Unstable Angina and Abnormal Glucose Metabolism.
 

Author(s): Xiangyu Gao, Hongwei Li, Ping Wang, Hui Chen

Journal: Int Heart J. 2018 Mar;59(2):272-278.

 

Circulating relaxin (RLX) is altered in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) or cardiovascular diseases. This study was designed to evaluate the changes of RLX in patients with unstable angina (UA) complicated with various categories of abnormal glucose metabolism.Patients who confirmed ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Having the COURAGE to include PCI in shared decision-making for stable angina.
 

Author(s): Umesh N Khot

Journal: Cleve Clin J Med. 2018 02;85(2):124-127.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Angina" returned 218 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Chinese herbal injections for unstable angina pectoris: A protocol for systematic review and network meta-analyses.
 

Author(s): Fengwen Yang, Jiahan Zou, Xuemei Li, Long Ge, Jinhui Tian, Myeong Soo Lee, Junhua Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Mar;97(12):e0142.

 

Chinese herbal injections (CHIs) have been commonly used in the treatment of unstable angina pectoris (UAP) in China. However, there is no consensus or evidence on how to select CHIs for patients with UAP. The choice often depends on the personal experience or preference of clinician. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Effect of ivabradine on cardiovascular outcomes in patients with stable angina: meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials.
 

Author(s): Hayelom Gebrekirstos Mengesha, Berhe Weldearegawi, Pammala Petrucka, Tadese Bekele, Mala George Otieno, Abraha Hailu

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Although there are established drugs for treatment of cardiovascular diseases, due to adverse effects these drugs may not be clinically applicable to all patients. Recent trends have seen the emergence of drugs which act on funny current channels to induce selective heart rate reduction. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Advancements in pharmacotherapy for angina.
 

Author(s): Ankur Jain, Islam Y Elgendy, Mohammad Al-Ani, Nayan Agarwal, Carl J Pepine

Journal: Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2017 Apr;18(5):457-469.

 

Angina pectoris is the most prevalent symptomatic manifestation of ischemic heart disease, frequently leads to a poor quality of life, and is a major cause of medical resource consumption. Since the early descriptions of nitrite and nitrate in the 19 century, there has been considerable ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Last Updated: 3 Feb 2017

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Cardiac Rehabilitation in Patients With Refractory Angina
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Refractory Angina

 

Last Updated: 12 Jul 2017

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Research on the Clinical Effect of Shuanghe Decoction in Treating Unstable Angina.
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Unstable Angina

 

Last Updated: 5 Jun 2017

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