If you’re one of the 10 million Americans living with angina, you can rely on the experienced cardiac care at Shahbandar Heart Clinic in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Ahmad Shahbandar, MD, founded his clinic to provide the highest quality cardiac care possible, whether it’s diagnosing new heart problems or treating an existing heart condition. To partner with a cardiologist you can trust, call Shahbandar Heart Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.
Angina is chest pain triggered by reduced blood flow to your heart. Coronary artery disease usually causes this reduction in blood flow. When you have coronary artery disease, your arteries have narrowed because of plaque buildup or spasm.
There are several types of angina, including:
Stable angina is the most common type of angina. Unstable angina is considered an emergency and requires immediate medical attention.
Angina symptoms vary depending on the type you have. If you have stable angina, pain typically occurs with activity and lasts a short period of time. The symptoms of unstable angina include:
Other presentations of angina include shortness of breath, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeat, shoulder or arm pain, and occasionally palpitation and dizziness. Women often experience different angina symptoms than men, but it’s also common for women to have discomfort in the back, jaw, or neck.
Several factors increase your risk of developing angina, including:
Your angina risk also increases as you age, beginning at 45 for men and 55 for women (though recently, women are having it at an earlier age). When left untreated, angina can lead to a heart attack.
To reach an angina diagnosis, Dr. Shahbandar performs a physical exam and reviews your personal and family medical history. He might also recommend tests that include:
In addition to medications to manage your stable angina symptoms, Dr. Shahbandar might recommend lifestyle changes. These might include dietary changes, weight-loss strategies, and stress-reduction techniques, as well as smoking cessation and reduced alcohol consumption.
Some types of angina require surgical procedures like coronary artery bypass surgery or angioplasty and stenting.
Call Shahbandar Heart Clinic or schedule an appointment online today to learn about angina treatment.