10 Self-Care Tips to Support Your Angina Treatment Plan
Angina can be scary because for many people who experience it, they feel like they’re having a heart attack. This isn’t surprising since angina is defined as chest pain or discomfort that happens when the heart muscle doesn’t get as much blood and oxygen as it needs to work at a required level.
However, angina and a heart attack are not the same thing. A heart attack injures or damages the heart muscle, but angina does not. It’s important to understand that even though angina is not a heart attack, it can be a warning sign that you could have a heart attack. Therefore, it’s critical that you don’t ignore it.
What are the Causes and Signs of Angina?
When the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart become blocked or narrowed, you could experience angina, which is often brought on by exertion, heavy physical work, running up the stairs, walking quickly uphill, or even by excitement, anger, or emotional shock.
The most common signs and symptoms of angina include:
- A mild ache, squeezing pressure, or heaviness in your chest (typically behind your breastbone)
- An aching tooth which could be accompanied by a squeezing pressure in your chest
- Aching in your jaw, neck muscles, back, or one or both arms
- Feeling like you have gas in your upper abdomen and lower chest
- Feeling like you’re short of breath or choking
If you think you might be experiencing angina, you should contact your healthcare provider who might prescribe medications, direct you to begin a specific exercise program, or suggest surgery.
10 Angina Self-Care Tips
If you’re diagnosed with angina, your doctor will create a medical treatment plan for you, which you should follow. In addition, there are a number of self-care practices that you can integrate into your lifestyle to support your doctor’s treatment. Here are 10 self-care tips that you can begin practicing immediately.
- Avoid any sudden physical exertion.
- Quit smoking if you’re a smoker.
- Eat a diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fat.
- Eat more small meals each day (5-6) rather than 3 large meals.
- Lose weight if you’re overweight, and maintain a healthy weight.
- Do a quiet activity or rest after you eat.
- Minimize your exposure to cold and windy weather.
- When you can, avoid and manage your anger.
- Reduce and manage your stress.
- Take the medications your doctor prescribes to you.
Your Next Steps
The 10 self-care tips listed above will support your angina treatment plan, and when you work with a certified health coach or wellness coach from Wellbeing Coaches to modify your diet, develop an exercise plan, quit smoking, manage your anger, reduce your stress, and understand your medications, you’ll be even more successful.
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