Angina occurs when the heart does not get the proper amount of oxygen-rich blood or some foreign object blocks the blood flow through the arteries, both resulting to sudden chest pains. Aside from experiencing pressure within the chest area, angina can also cause discomfort and pain in shoulders, back, arms, neck and jaw. Although rare, angina can also imitate symptoms of indigestion.
Angina is often mistaken as a heart attack but is actually a symptom of heart disease. Although the pain and discomfort usually go away almost instantly, it is recommended to see a medical professional to prevent the risk of heart attack. More often than not, prescribed medicines and a healthier lifestyle are enough to cure Angina. For more severe cases, a surgery may be needed.
There are many types of Angina, the most common are stable and unstable Angina. Stable angina is often caused by various physical activities and stress. Although the pain goes away after a few minutes, stable angina can led to a fatal heart attack so proper medical attention must be done. On the other hand, unstable angina causes longer and irregular pain that is felt even without doing tiring activities. Like all types of angina, unstable angina may lead to a heart attack so medical attention is also a must.
Although angina is usually caused by a certain heart condition, there are other factors that can increase the risk of experiencing one. Chest pain is considered the most common angina symptom, but some people can experience various symptoms depending on the type of angina they have. Below are possible angina symptoms:
- Regular headaches
- Shortness of breath
- Emotional and physical stress
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Fatty foods
Natural Home Remedies for Angina
Angina is a serious medical condition that needs proper medical attention. Often, angina is caused by harmful substances such as cholesterol and fats that block blood flow to the heart. Fortunately, there are various natural methods that effectively reduce cholesterol buildup and minimize the risk of developing other medical complications. Below are some of the best home remedies to fight angina.
1. Opt for A Healthier Lifestyle
Considered by many as the most effective and logical natural remedy, a simple lifestyle change will prevent the risk of Angina. As stated, angina is commonly the result of too much cholesterol and fat intake, so avoid eating fatty foods such as pork and opt for healthier alternatives including vegetables, fruits and whole grains. In addition, if your cholesterol and fat levels are already high, visit a doctor to get proper medicines that lower these harmful substances.
Aside from avoiding fatty foods with tons of saturated fats, managing sugar intake (especially for diabetics) is also a must. Sugary foods, which can also trigger anemia, like ice cream and sodas must be removed from your diet immediately. Furthermore, 8 to 12 glasses of warm water must be consumed daily to help decrease cholesterol and fat build up in the arteries. Adding a few drops of lemon or a tablespoon of honey will also improve blood circulation.
Another crucial factor is to quit smoking. It is a no-brainer that nicotine is very harmful to the heart and promotes the hardening of the arteries. To develop a stronger and healthier heart, daily exercise must also be incorporated in your new lifestyle. Light exercises such as brisk walking, yoga, slow jogs are extremely effective in promoting proper blood circulation. However, refrain from doing tiring physical exercises and activities such as weight lifting especially if symptoms of angina is experienced. It is important to take long breaks during exercises to avoid putting too much stress to the heart.
Alcohol, which can also trigger heart attack, must also be avoided. Right amount of sleep (minimum 8 hours daily) is also recommended to rest body organs specially the heart.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin c is a proven cholesterol buster and prevents the formation of plaque and harmful substances that can block heart arteries. Daily consumption of fruits loaded with this vitamin such as orange, lemon and pineapple is advised.
Squeeze 2 large sized oranges into a glass, add water and a table spoon of honey. Drink a glass daily. Another alternative is to mix 10 drops of lemon essence to a glass of warm water. Drink during breakfast and before going to bed.
Aside from these citrus fruits, daily intake of vitamin c tablet is also an effective alternative. The recommended daily vitamin c intake is 1000 mg.
Onions are loaded with quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that is proven to be heart friendly. Studies show that quercetin effectively reduces the risk of heart attack by lowering blood pressure and softening arteries hardened by cholesterol and fats. Quercetin also prevents gallstones formation.
To prepare onion chips, slice 1 large onion into thin pieces. Fry 5 to 10 minutes with olive oil. Add some salt for flavor. You can eat as a snack or mix with other favorite meals.
Aside from blocked arteries, angina can also occur when blood vessels and arterial walls are constricted. Basil, which is rich with magnesium, effectively relaxes and soothes blood vessels and arteries, thus improving blood circulation. Furthermore, basil is also loaded with various antioxidants and vitamin A, which minimizes cholesterol build up in arterial wall.
Basil leaves are readily available in supermarkets. Prepare basil tea by boiling 5 large basil leaves for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into a small cup and add 1 tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon. Drink twice daily – morning and before going to bed. In addition, you can also use basil leaves in your favorite cooked food.
5. Meditate daily
Aside from exercises and yoga, meditation is another effective way to destress the mind and body. Physical and emotional stress can cause angina, which is why taking time out from work and other stressful activates is highly advised.
Do daily meditation for about 10 to 15 minutes preferably in the morning or before going to work. If possible, meditate in a relaxing environment like sea side or house garden. Using a meditation guide book is also an option. The main objective is to make sure that mind and body are relaxed while forgetting about problems and stress related things.
Turmeric contains high amounts of curcumin, an antioxidant regarded for its anti-cholesterol properties. Cholesterol causes various health problems and is notorious for causing heart issues by hardening arterial walls, disrupting normal blood flow and forming harmful plaque – all of which can lead to fatal heart attack.
To prepare turmeric tea, fill a glass with lukewarm or hot water. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric power and 1 tablespoon honey. Stir thoroughly until all powder particles are dissolved. Drink before going to bed. Another option is to put a dash of turmeric powder to your daily meals.
Hibiscus is a potent herb that is packed with flavonoids, an antioxidant that fights free radicals and prevents various heart diseases. Hibiscus also effectively reduces fat content in the arterial wall and prevents chest discomfort and pain. It is also rich with vitamin c for better immune system against cough and colds. To prepare hibiscus tea, boil 3 hibiscus petals for about 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of honey. Drink daily.
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