What is Angina (Chest Pain)
Angina is chest pain that’s caused when your heart isn’t receiving enough oxygen-rich blood. The most common reason for lack of blood flow is coronary artery disease (CAD), or plaque buildup in your heart’s arteries. Angina may not be constant. During times of rest, your heart may be able to get by on the reduced blood flow and oxygen supply. But when your body’s need for oxygen increases, such as during exercise or stressful situations, you may feel pain.
If you or a loved one has a heart condition such as angina, you don’t need to travel far to find excellent heart care. The expert cardiologists at CHI Franciscan provide skilled diagnoses and the full range of heart treatments. Our board-certified specialists include some of the region’s top-rated cardiologists, delivering advanced care with a compassionate touch.
Types of angina
This is the most common type of angina with a predictable pattern that allows you to track your activities and when the pain occurs.
Your pain can occur suddenly and get worse over time, and can ultimately lead to a heart attack.
This is a rare form of angina caused by a spasm in the coronary arteries that supply blood to your heart.
This is caused by spasms of small arterial blood vessels. Your pain may be more severe and last longer than with other types of angina, sometimes lasting more than 30 minutes.
Treatment for angina
If heart disease is the underlying cause of your chest pain, your cardiologist will also recommend lifestyle changes you can make to improve your heart health. These can include:
- Quitting smoking
- Eating better to reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Losing weight
- Managing your stress
For stable angina, your cardiologist may recommend treating your symptoms with medication, including aspirin, nitrates, beta-blockers, statins, ranolazine or others.
Enhanced external counterpulsation therapy (EECP)
This therapy involves applying air pressure to your legs in rhythm with your heartbeat to increase blood flow to your heart.
Angioplasty and stenting
Using a catheter (a small tube), your cardiologist will place a small balloon into the narrowed artery. The balloon is inflated to expand the artery so a tiny mesh tube, called a stent, can be inserted to support the artery walls, restoring blood flow to blocked areas.
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If you experience chest pain, we can help.
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When Do You Need a Heart Specialist?
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Recovering from Heart Surgery
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Conditions We Treat
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation
> Chest Pain (Angina)
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Heart Valve Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
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Heart Health: Prevention and Support