Cause of pain
Angina is a pain in the chest caused by a lack of oxygen in the heart. This lack of oxygen is normally caused by a narrowing of the arteries due to cholesterol formation. The pain may feel like indigestion and it may shoot to the arm. Angina occurs whenever the heart requires more oxygen than the narrowed arteries can provide.
Things to avoid
Don’t engage in sudden, strenuous physical activity. Always warm up first.
– Don’t overeat. Eat at regular intervals.
– Rest for 30 minutes after meals, especially heavy meals.
– Sleep in a well-ventilated room.
– Try to avoid constipation.
– See your doctor for regular checkups.
Preliminary research to consider
According to Dr Terence W Anderson of the University of British Columbia, Vitamin E may help angina discomfort. Dr Anderson conducted a study of 15 angina patients who were already taking Vitamin E. Without the patients knowing, seven were given fake pills containing no Vitamin 1£. After three weeks three patients had to drop out of the study because of severe angina pain. A fourth stayed on but complained of increased pain. The remaining eight who continued taking Vitamin E daily had no increase in the angina pain. Food rich in Vitamin E include dark green vegetables, fruits and rice.
Researchers reported treating angina with 800mg and more of Vitamin E a day. Favourable responses have been reported with lecithin using 15g a day.
Based on a study of 11,965 men having heart conditions, the Federal Food and drug Administration concluded that it is safe and effective to take one aspirin a day to control angina. Among men suffering unstable angina who took an aspiring each day, the risk of dying from heart attack dropped about one-half.
One regular 325mg aspirin should be the daily dose. Of course, you should continue to see your doctor at regular intervals. Aspirin appears to help prevent clotting of the blood which can cause heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration emphasised that aspirin therapy is not a substitute for other preventative measures such as stopping smoking, eating better, losing weight and taking sensible exercise.
Preliminary studies done by Dr Robert Atkins show that this amino acid may be valuable in reliving the pain of angina.
Many people suffer angina attacks at night. Tilting the head of the bed upward 10 degrees may reduce angina pain. Lying flat increases the amount of blood returning to the heart, reducing the oxygen flow. The best way to tilt a bed is to put wooden blocks under the front legs.