FAQ - Ludwig's Angina
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How is it that there is usually left shoulder/arm/jaw pain associated with angina pectoris?

What is the mechanism behind it and why only the left side?

Chest pain and chest discomfort are the main symptoms or characteristics of angina. Nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, sweating or dizziness are other symptoms that may accompany angina.

The chest pain and discomfort common with angina may be described as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. Some people with angina symptoms describe angina as feeling like a vise is squeezing their chest, or feeling like a heavy weight has been placed on their chest. This pressure can extend to the arm, especially the left arm, neck, jaw, shoulder or back.

The severity, duration and type of angina can vary. It's important to recognize if you have new or changing chest pain. New or different symptoms may signal a more dangerous form of angina (unstable angina) or a heart attack.

The symptoms of angina pectoris include:
A constricting pain around the chest. In stable angina this occurs on exertion and is relieved by rest. Feeling pressure in the chest. Extreme anxiety. Pain radiating from the chest to the throat, arms, neck, and back .Dizziness or nausea, and sometimes vomiting.
Sweating.Difficulty in breathing.
Left shoulder/arm/jaw pain may be associated with angina pectoris.

take care as always  (+ info)

What is the difference between a myocardial infarct, ischaemia and angina?

myocardial infarct -is when a portion of your heart dies from a complete lack of oxygen, usu from some type of occulusion.
ischaemia- is like mentioned above is you hearts starvation of oxyegen wich very well could lead to a myocardial infarction.
angina- is a portion of your heart dying as the result of being deprived of oxygen while exertion the heart. this happens because of a partial occlusion of a vessel in your heart cannot adequately supply the amount of oxygen your heart needs to correctly function. the only difference between an m.i. and angina is that angina goes away after the heart is being less exerted commonly from physical activity.  (+ info)

What is the difference between angina pectoris and myocardial infarction?

angina pectoris is the chest pain located in the retrosternal area, that can or not be caused by exercise, and can or not calm with rest (that depends if the angina is stable or unstable)
angina can be a cause by myocadial infarction, or just because of ischemia of the muscle.-
infartion is the death by necrosis of the heart cells, cause by the lack of oxygen.-  (+ info)

I have recently been diagnosed with angina. What are some natural things I might try?

I do have a cardiologist and a general practitioner but do not respond well to medicine.

I had or have angina ... don't remember what that is though. High blood pressure? Heart failure?

Naturally I like the following from SwansonVitamins.com :
Cardio Health Oils -- Part # SWC056
CoQ10 - 60 mg (3 perday) SWU611
You can also get 100mg and just take 2 but for me the 60's seemed more effective. Possibly mental.
Garlic and CAyenne -- 200 caps SWG06
Heart Essentials -- SWC010

I had congestive heart failure a couple of years ago and nearly died when my aortic valve calcified and almost closed. I had hours to live when they replaced the valve and all turned out well.

The docs have me on carvedilol (generic for Coreg) 25mg -- great for rebuilding my heart. My heart went from 20% efficiency to 50% in the last year from this drug.

Cozaar - 100mg -- for HBP - hi blood pressure

Triamterene (generic for maxide) 75mg + HCTZ 50mg --- A Diuretic
(I split these tabs and take 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at night before bed). It helps lower blood pressure and keeps my ankles from swelling.

When my heart was in congestive failure the Heart Essentials were NOTICEABLE. They really worked well.

You can order from Swanson online or by phone. I like Swanson because the quality is good the prices are LOW and shipping charges are minimal. Pay the extra $1.50 for the express service ... it saves about 3-5 days and is worth every penny. Sometimes you can get free shipping on $50 or more. They have an online catalog and you can get a catalog in the mail. It's a good catalog!

Good luck. Email me if you have more questions.

Peace, Love, and Light!
Dartagnon  (+ info)

What beer is served at King Ludwig's castle restaurant at disneyland?

There beer there was excellent and i wanted to know the name, i think it is from munich but not sure.

Beer is made by fermentation cause by bacteria feeding on yeast cells and then defecating. In other words, its a nice tall glass of bacteria doo-doo  (+ info)

Can caffiene and ginsing combined cause a onetime angina attack, would there be enzymes in my blood?

Hi, I am a 32 f that experienced severe chest pain that radiated down through my leftarm and my left hand tingled like someone was putting needles in it. I had been drinking a drink for a couple of days because it was cheaper and it had extra caffiene and ginsing it. Anyways I was in the hospital overnight and all my tests came back normal I do not have heart disease. I was just wondering if the drink could have caused it. I do take an acid reflux medication but I don't feel it was acid reflux because I reacted to the nitro(3 of them) and was real tired afterwards, but that could have been because I quit drinking caffiene all together. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.

Caffeine makes your heart pump faster and harder, ginseng does the same thing. All though the doctors did not find any evidence, it sounds to me like a close call. I'd cut out any stimulants in your diet. Also if you do not eat well or get a decent amount of physical exercise, now is the time to start. Don't push yourself because you don't want another episode, but frankly you might have gotten a glimpse of your own death and that's one hell of a wake up call.  (+ info)

is it possible to reverse angina or heart disease?

I hear this and that, anyone have any opinions on the matter?

I hope you're under a doctor's supervision!

That said...reverse it? I've heard of managing angina/heart disease. Angina is when the heart muscle doesn't get enough blood, but I am sure you already know this.

What does your cardiologist say? If you're not hooked up with one, do so immediately.

Eat right and exercise in accordance with protocol.

Best of luck.  (+ info)

is it common to have the occasional angina pain in the first 12 months after surgery?

is it common to have the occasional angina pain in the first twelve months after having a heart attack and open heart bypass surgery?

Yes, it is very common and understandably very scary. I am sure you were probably given nitroglycerine tablets, if not then ask your doctor. Please go to the ER for any pains that have shortness of breath or leaves you dizzy or your skin cool and clammy or that are unrelieved with your nitroglycerine tablets taken 5 minutes apart x3.  (+ info)

What is the difference between angina and ischemia?

angina means chest pain -- however not all chest pain correlate to heart problems.
ischemia -- is lost of blood supply to the heart muscle, therefore this causes a pain in that certain are. myocardial ischemia, if untreated will eventually turn into myocardial infarction -- where in the muscle dies because of lack of blood supply and oxygen.  (+ info)

Factors that may precipitate an angina attack include of the following expect?

a. eating a large meal
b. an angry argument
c. walking down stairs
d. walking rapidly up a hill on a cold, or windy day

Actually all can precipate, depending on the severity of the disease. But the least likely is: c. walking down stairs.

Large meal will increase the cardiac output as blood supply to the bowel is increased for digestive process. This increases the oxygen demand of the heart.

Angry argument increases heart rate and its oxygen demand, so does walking rapidly uphill.

Walking downstairs also does increase the heart rate above the resting state because of muscle movements, but the energy requirement will be lower as gravity assists the descend.  (+ info)

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