Natural Treatments For Angina

Angina is a painful and serious condition that is often the first symptoms that someone has severe heart disease and a likely impending heart attack or stroke.  The condition is caused by the heart itself not getting enough blood, which can result in damage to the heart.  This lack of circulation to the heart is usually caused by a buildup of plaque along the arteries known as atherosclerosis, or more commonly as heart disease (a term which describes a large set of problems in the heart and circulatory system).  Treatment for angina is vitally important, as to treat the angina is to treat the cause itself: potentially lethal vascular and heart disease.

 

How can I prevent angina?

  • The biggest prevention is to prevent heart disease from occurring in the first place.  A diet minimizing unhealthy processed foods, an overabundance of refined carbs and sugar, while basing your overall diet on fresh plant based foods.
  • Keeping an active lifestyle is also vital, trying to at least keep up daily walking, at the same time as regular exercise throughout the week with some of it including weight bearing activities, be it in the gym or just moving around soil in your garden.

What are the symptoms of angina?

  • Pain, stiffness, or other discomfort in the chest (similar to the feeling of someone squeezing or pushing on your chest), though it can also have pain in the arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back.
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Each of these may get worse with even light exercise or stress.

How can I get rid of angina?

  • The best treatment for angina, and the atherosclerosis/heart disease that caused it, is the same as the prevention: a lifestyle based on good diet and regular exercise, side by side with diligent traditional medical care.  If you are experiencing angina, you absolutely MUST see a doctor immediately!
  • A 1999 study of 93 people who had angina or other artery disease risk factors went through a 14 week yoga program, and researchers found that this program improved their heart health.  Other light exercise and relaxation techniques such as meditation and tai chi have also been shown to help manage angina by lowering stress levels.
  • The herb hawthorn has been shown and used by herbalists to help treat blood pressure, improving cardiac function in people with heart disease.  In 1997 a study was conducted in which the use of hawthorn was concluded to be useful in the treatment of angina.
  • L-Carnitine is derived from the amino acid lysine, and is found naturally in the body, though it can also be purchased in a supplement form.  It is believed to decrease swelling that causes narrowing of your arteries, which contributes both to increased risk of cardiac events, and worsening angina symptoms.

 

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