Angina, the medical term for chest pain, strikes when your heart’s blood supply decreases due to the narrowing or blockage of one or multiple blood vessels that supply blood to it. But what does angina feel like? Well, if your heart suddenly feels like it’s being squeezed or strangled, it could be angina, which is usually characterized by a feeling of tightness or heaviness in the chest region.
Living with Angina
Angina is not the easiest of diseases to live with – there is that feeling of uneasiness, burning in your chest, jaw pain, and sweating. The diagnosis isn’t easy to make either – you may have dismissed it as regular heartburn but then your Cardiologist informs you that it’s angina, a heart disease, and just like that, you are petrified.
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
Angina occurs when the heart muscle does not get enough oxygen. Even though angina by itself is not life-threatening, it may be the sign of a serious heart condition and needs immediate medical attention. Angina is a wake-up call or a warning signal that all is not well with the heart.
However, not many people are aware of angina, and the symptoms may get neglected or ignored leading to complications. Moreover, many symptoms of angina resemble conditions like heartburn, indigestion or panic disorder, adding to the confusion. Sometimes, angina is accompanied by atypical symptoms that seem unrelated to the heart like backache and jaw pain. Failure to recognize these symptoms of angina may increase the risk of serious complications including death.
Hence Serdia has launched this “Angina awareness initiative” to spread awareness about angina and about its symptoms, it’s risk factors, the types of angina, the causes behind it, etc.
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What is Heart Attack?
Our heart is a remarkable organ which is quite literally at the ‘heart’ of a tirelessly functioning and intricately designed system which keeps us alive.
A muscular organ which relentlessly pumps blood without a moments rest. The heart’s muscles called the cardiac muscles are strong and sturdy in order to fulfil our body’s continuous demand for oxygen-rich blood.
Tracking your Angina
Even though angina by itself is not usually life-threatening, it can be a horrifying experience. If undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to a fatal consequence like a heart attack.