July 08, 2022
It is the set of symptoms that appear in a patient who is suffering from a lack of correct blood supply to the cardiac muscle (the heart) through the coronary arteries that nourish it. The expression angina pectoris means precordial oppression and usually occurs more in men, since they have more risk factors, such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, arterial hypertension, among others. This time, Dr. Marcos Padilla, cardiologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, will give us more information on the subject.
The main symptom that defines angina pectoris is pain (oppression) in the center of the chest, which usually radiates to both arms, especially the left, and can also extend to the neck, jaw and shoulder. Other symptoms that may appear at the same time are:
The cause that triggers angina pectoris is usually overexertion, such as: playing sports, doing physical exercise, sexual activity, among others. There are also other causes, such as intense cold, eating abundant food or strong psychological stress.
After visiting the cardiologist and having a clear diagnosis, treatment may vary depending on the results. This may consist of:
It should be noted that along with any treatment, a change in lifestyle is important in order to avoid future relapses.
The best way to prevent angina pectoris is to lead a healthy life, which means maintaining a good diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat and carbohydrates. In addition, it is advisable to do physical activity regularly, 3 to 5 times a week, for at least 30 continuous minutes, avoiding emotional stress and not smoking.
Dr. Marcos Padilla
cardiologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma