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Living With Angina

Emotional Stress
Anger, arguing, and worrying are examples of emotional stress that can bring on an angina episode. Try to avoid or limit exposure to situations that cause these emotions. Exercise and relaxation can help relieve stress. Alcohol and drug use play a part in causing stress and do not relieve it. If stress is a problem for you, talk with your doctor about getting counseling to help you deal with stress.
 
Eating Large Meals
If eating large meals leads to chest pain, eat smaller meals. Also, avoid eating rich foods.
 

Living With Angina: Knowing the Limits of Your Physical Activity

Most people with stable angina can continue their normal activities. This includes work, hobbies, and sexual relations. However, if you engage in strenuous activity or have a stressful job, you may need to discuss this with your doctor.
 

Living With Angina: Knowing How and When to Seek Medical Attention

If you are living with angina, you are at high risk of having a heart attack. Therefore, it is important that you and your family know how and when to seek medical attention. Talk to your doctor about making an emergency action plan. The plan should include:
 
  • Knowing the symptoms and signs of a heart attack
  • Instructions for the prompt use of aspirin and nitroglycerin
  • How to access emergency medical services in your community
  • The location of the nearest hospital that offers 24-hour emergency heart care.
     
Be sure to discuss your emergency plan with your family members. Take action quickly if your chest pain becomes severe, lasts longer, or is not relieved by rest or medicine.
 
Sometimes, it may be difficult to tell the difference between unstable angina and a heart attack. Most heart attack victims wait two hours or more after their symptoms begin before they seek medical help. This delay can result in death or lasting heart damage.
 
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