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Angina centeriWhat is Angina And what is the cureicenter Angina refers to the pain arising from lack of adequate blood supply to the heart muscle Typically it is a crushing pain behind the breastbone in the center of the chest brought on by exertion and relieved by rest It may at times radiate to or arise in the left arm neck jaw left chest or back It is frequently accompanied by sweating palpitations of the heart and generally lasts a matter of minutes Similar pain syndromes may be caused by other diseases including esophagitis gall bladder disease ulcers and others Diagnosis of angina begins with the recognition of the consistent symptoms Often an exercise test with radioactive thallium is performed if the diagnosis is in question and sometimes even a cardiac catheterization is done if the outcome is felt necessary to make management decisions This is a complex area which requires careful judgment by physician and patient Angina is a manifestation of coronary artery disease the same disease leading to heart attacks Coronary artery diseas refers to those syndromes caused by blockage to the flow of blood in those arteries supplying the heart muscle itself ie the coronary arteries Like any other organ the heart requires a steady flow of oxygen and nutrients to provide energy for rmovement and to maintain the delicate balance of chemicals which allow for the careful electrical rhythm control of the heart beat Unlike some other organs the heart can survive only a matter of minutes without these nutrients and the rest of the body can survive only minutes without the heartthus the critical nature of these syndromes Causes of blockage range from congenital tissue strands within or over the arteries to spasms of the muscular coat of the arteries themselves By far the most common cause however is the deposition of plaques of cholesterol platelets and other substances within the arterial walls Sometimes the buildup
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