Friday, October 12, 2007

What is Angina pectoris?

Millions of people around the world suffer from Angina pectoris, but only a few are aware of this condition and seek medical attention at the right time, before it worsens in to a severe heart attack. Angina pectoris or angina (a more commonly used term) is chest pain, which occurs when blood supply to the heart is restricted (because of conditions like arteriosclerosis), depriving it of oxygen and it is usually felt as a chest discomfort or heaviness / squeezing of chest.

Angina pectoris is a predecessor of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and should be treated immediately to reduce risks like heart attack or death.

In this video, Dr. Michael Farkouh, a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, explains in detail about Angina pectoris, types and diagnosis of angina and the treatment options available to angina patients.

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