FAQ - Ludwig's Angina
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should making my heart work hard (beat fast) every day with history of angina be worrying?

My family has a history of angina on both parents sides. I work out daily with weights 99.9% of the time. When I do workout my heart is pounding and beating strong. Am I damaging my heart by doing this or is it a good thing like excercising my heart to be healthier?

Exercising and elevating your heart rate is a good and will help prevent heart disease, particularly ischaemic heart disease. Best activities are regular walking, cycling, swimming, or dancing. Aerobic exercise is thought to be more beneficial and less risky than anaerobic exercise.

But people with existing coronary heart disease should avoid exertion that causes straining or raised intra-abdominal/intra-thoracic pressure such as weightlifting etc.  (+ info)

does the cold air affect someone with angina?

My mum is in hospital with angina and an infection in her chest. Her husband has breathing problems and has the windows wide open and I have been informed that the cold air could affect her angina. I believe she needs to keep warm. Is this true?

It certainly can, but how is slightly unclear, exposure to cold causes your blood vessels and capillaries to constrict(shrink) to prevent heat loss which in turn increases the blood volume in rest of body and possibly making heart work harder and thereby triggering angina.  (+ info)

Is there any link between heart conditions (angina and/or atrial fibrillation) and the following substances?

FrontLine Plus (flea control for cats and dogs)
Xylitol (artificial sweetener in some chewing gums)

A friend of mine recently had an angina attack, and coincidentally they had skin contact with FrontLine Plus once prior and this time, and also had chewed some xylitol-containing chewing gum.

Just wondering whether these are known to aggravate existing heart conditions, or interact with any heart-related or blood pressure medications?

FrontLine Plus has two main chemical ingredients:

Fipronil, a broad spectrum insecticide (broad spectrum meaning it can kill any insect it comes in contact with, not just flees). It works by binding to GluCl channels (glutamate - chloride channels) in the muscles and nerves - mammals don't have GluCl channels, which is why it's safe for use on pet mammals.

Methoprene is the second chemical. It's non-toxic in humans, and is even used in some water supplies to control mosquito populations. It's also used to protect other foods, like prepared meat, mushrooms, grains, etc.

So, FrontLine Plus has no action at all in the human body.

Xylitol is another common compound used in tons of things. It's been shown to have a number of positive effects in the human body actually, from improving oral health (it's mildly antibacterial and can help prevent cavities and oral yeast infections), to improving diabetes and respiratory infections. It has no known toxicity in humans.

So, Xylitol only has beneficial actions :P

Hope this helps.  (+ info)

What diet should I follow to reverse angina?

I have angina and want to find a cure without depending on nitroglycerine or surgery. Does anyone here have experience with the Ornish diet? Thanks

The regiman prscribed by Dr. Ornish will in all likelyhood stop the angina attacks in short order. Most people due not have the dicipline and will power necessary to make such dynamic lifestyle changes. However, if you can adopt the no cholesterol, very low fat vegetarian diet, exercise dailey and constroll the stress in your life, you will quite likely achieve the disired results. I have a great deal of knowledge regarding this subject and would be glad to help you. Email me if you would like assistance. Best of luck to you!  (+ info)

Am i classed as disabled because i have angina?

I have recently been diagnosed as having angina. I have also had a mild heart attack due to this condition.
Telling prospective employers about this seems to be the last i hear from them.
Am i able to claim disability or something?

I have a similar condition. At the moment I can not claim anything at all as my Wife is in full time employment. I keep my condition secretive when talking to prospective employers. I have registered with an agency so most of the time I have the right qualities and experience, and generally walk into a weeks work without questioning. If I find the work to difficult because of my condition, I simply move on. There are unlimited suppliers of the work i do so I'm generally never out of a job for more than a day or two. Good luck.  (+ info)

What's the difference between angina episode and an MI?

I'm confused. I know that in both the arteries that perfuse the myocardium get blocked, therefore, depriving it from O2.

Angina is chest pain, tightness, or discomfort that comes and goes. It is your heart muscle's way of telling you that it is not getting enough oxygen. Angina can be relieved (helped) with rest, oxygen, or special medicine. Angina does not cause the heart muscle to die, like an MI does. However, angina can be a warning sign that you may be at risk for an MI.

Myocardial infarction (MI) refers to the death of a certain segment of the heart muscle (myocardium), usually resulting from a complete blockage in one of the main coronary arteries or a branch of the coronary arteries.  (+ info)

What is angina and how do you know if its that and not a heart attack?

I have a spasm pain sometimes in my chest. Sort of to the left side of my right breast. Comes and goes quickly.

As a guy, I will say if its in a breast, not in your chest, it can't be angina or a heart attack.

Angina will be pretty severe, and will go away if you rest and relax. Its a spasm in an artery of the heart. It could take 10-15 minutes.

A heart attack is usually a tear in a blockage that flops across an artery blocking it entirely. The loss of oxygen to muscle tissue will cause the pain of the heart attack, and it won't go away if you relax. If severe enough, you may not have 15 minutes to live. Many people get no chest pain with a heart attack, so even if they recover, they have permanent damage to their heart as part of the muscle suffocates and dies.  (+ info)

Angina is a lack of oxygen reaching the heart muscles, but why does this cause pain and breathlessness?

Does anyone know why a lack of oxygen to the heart muscles causes pain, and why it causes breathlessness?
Note that oxygen supply to the heart does not determine oxygen supply to the lungs. Therefore how would the lungs be affected by the inadequacy of the heart?

Lack of oxygen and blood supply hurts most muscles. Your heart is full of nerve fibers that control and monitor it's cycle. So when you cut off bloodflow/oxygen to that area..you can bet it's going to hurt like 9 kinds of hell.  (+ info)

Can the tissue inside a vessel expand and burst do to angina?

Like in weak spots do to high blood pressure.
I am going by word of mouth so please be nice. This is all new to me.

a vessel bursting is an aneurysm. Angina is a narrowed vessel of the heart that restricts the flow of blood to the heart and heart muscle and the muscle is crying out for oxygen/blood supply which is called angina. You can go to WebMd and read up about angina.  (+ info)

has anyone experienced light angina pain in the chest for a long time? and stopped eating a lot?

has anyone experienced light angina pain in the chest (when resting relaxed) which lasts more than few hours and you noticed the danger and stopped eating a lot and start eating less and low fat foods and got out of the dangerous situation of upcoming heart attack?
Is there warning signs like that before you have heart attack?

Sorry but you are simply being silly here!!

There are lots of reasons for chest pain.

Yes angina could be one but id it is then you need a medical examination and treatment now or it will only get worse!!

It may be acid reflux which can turn into Barrats esophagus or even cause one of the fastest and worst cancers!!

It can be a lung problem. A liver problem, a rib problem.

If you have a chest pain particularly if it has gone on for more than a few days the only sensible thing to do is see a doctor and get checked out.

Putting off seeing a doctor for a minor problem can lead to you seeing a doctor to find you then have a major problem!!

Get checked out!!

Good luck!  (+ info)

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