How to Treat Chest Pain

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 09:11 AM

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If you are frequently experiencing chest pain or chest discomfort, it is important for you to immediately seek a chest pain diagnosis. Angina Pectoris, which occurs as a result of blockage in the arteries, is often mistaken for indigestion. As a result, many people leave symptoms like sharp chest pain unexamined.

Others deal with chest discomfort by seeking over-the-counter pain treatment. While this may provide temporary relief for chest pain, it does not address the pain’s underlying cause. Professional treatment for angina is necessary to prevent recurring pain.

The treatment for angina may vary, based on the severity of the condition. Drugs that improve the circulation of oxygen may be used. These include calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, ranolazine, and nitrates. Other angina drugs, like antiplatelet medicines, also help prevent blood clot formation.

In severe cases, the treatment for angina is aimed at opening blocked arteries. This can be done through angioplasty, external counterpulsation, CABG surgery, or stenting. People suffering from this degree of angina are also required to adopt healthy dietary and lifestyle habits.

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