A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Angina
I had a question the other day about angina.
Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort that happens when there’s not enough blood flow to your heart.
Angina can be dangerous.
So it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms, know what’s typical for you, learn how to control it, and know when to call for help.
There are 2 types of angina:
1. Stable angina has a typical pattern.
You can usually predict when it will happen.
It happens when your heart is working harder and needs more oxygen, like during exercise.
Your symptoms go away when you rest.
2. Unstable angina is unexpected, and resting or taking nitroglycerin doesn’t help.
Your doctor will probably diagnose unstable angina if you’re having symptoms for the first time or if your symptoms are getting worse, lasting longer, happening more often, or happening at rest.
Unstable angina is a warning sign that a heart attack may happen soon, so it requires immediate treatment.
Unstable angina has symptoms similar to a heart attack:
>Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in your chest.
>Shortness of breath.
>Nausea or vomiting.
>Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in your back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms.
>Lightheadedness or sudden weakness.
>A fast or irregular heartbeat.
If you have any symptoms of angina, see your doctor.
If you have symptoms of a heart attack, act fast.
Quick treatment could save your life.
>Call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
Describe your symptoms, and say you could be having a heart attack.
>Stay on the phone.
The emergency operator will tell you what to do.
The operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin.
Aspirin helps keep blood from clotting, so it may help you survive a heart attack.
>Wait for an ambulance. Don’t try to drive yourself.
The paramedics can begin lifesaving treatments even before you arrive at the hospital.
If you can’t reach emergency services, have someone drive you to the hospital right away.
Don’t drive yourself unless you have absolutely no other choice.
If you think you’re having unstable angina but you’re not sure, follow the steps listed above.
Unstable angina can lead to a heart attack or death, so you need to have it checked right away.
To deal with non-emergency angina and get heart healthy at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).