At Unimed Care Center, our team of primary care doctors treats many senior patients who suffer from angina. Angina is pain or discomfort in the chest that occurs when your heart doesn’t receive enough oxygen from your blood. The sensation is sometimes described as squeezing, pressure, tightness, or fullness. Angina is a symptom with a number of different possible causes, but the most common one is coronary heart disease(CHD). CHD is the buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries, which restricts the flow of blood to the heart.
Angina can be classified as either stable or unstable. Stable angina improves when you are at rest but returns with physical exertion. In this case, the pain subsides because your heart does not need as much oxygen to function while you are not physically active. However, pain that occurs even at rest is considered unstable and can have serious consequences. If you have unstable angina, you should seek treatment immediately.
There are a number of treatments available for angina. Some patients simply need to make a few lifestyle changes. Our internal medicine specialists are happy to review these choices with you. These include losing weight, quitting smoking, and adopting a healthier diet. Exercise is important for any healthy lifestyle, but be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. Your doctor may prescribe drugs that relax your blood vessels, prevent blood clotting, or cause your heart to beat less forcefully, reducing blood pressure. In more severe cases, surgery is also an option.
Chest pain is a symptom that should never be ignored. If you are experiencing angina, you deserve the attention of a physician with the knowledge and expertise to restore your health. The primary care physicians at Unimed Care Center are experienced in the treatment of angina and specialize in providing care to senior citizens. Unimed Care Center is based in Broward County with offices in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Coral Ridge and welcomes all South Florida patients. Don’t take chances with your health – make Unimed Care Center your first line of defense against heart disease.