It is estimated that approximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with angina. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that many more have undiagnosed angina.
Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of either group has any idea how serious this is. Their failure to realize that it is a symptom of a far more serious health problem may come from a lack of understanding about angina.
Angina occurs when the heart is put under extra stress because it does not receive adequate oxygen from the blood. This usually occurs because there is a blockage in the small arteries that surround the outside of the heart and supply it with blood and oxygen. The blockage is the result of atherosclerosis or clogging.
This sequence can occur from a variety of circumstances, such as exertion or increased activity. It’s worse when the exertion occurs immediately following a meal or during cold weather. In fact, just walking from a warm room into a cold wind can trigger it, as can stressful or frightening dreams. It usually lasts only a few minutes and tends to subside with rest.
Angina symptoms can vary from individual to individual. There can be a deep ache, vague cramping pain, constriction, or crushing pain. Angina pain generally doesn’t occur directly over the heart.
It’s most commonly felt directly beneath the breastbone, or sternum, and in some cases can radiate to the left shoulder and even down the arm to the fingers. It can also go from the chest straight through to the back, up to the throat or jaw, or down the right arm. Angina differs from myocardial infarction (MI, or heart attack) primarily in intensity, duration, and frequency. MIs are more painful, last longer, and occur less frequently.
The conventional medical approach to angina is nitroglycerin tablets, which temporarily dilate or open blood vessels supplying the heart. These methods give temporary relief but do nothing to correct the underlying problem.
Unfortunately, many people do not know that products like B vitamins, Padma, coenzyme Q10, and other nutritional compounds can help them. Most people will continue to treat the symptoms with vasodilators like nitroglycerin, so the problem evolves into something more life-threatening. Padma works to correct the underlying problem.
In a double-blind study, 50 patients received Padma or a placebo for two weeks. More than 80 percent of those on Padma experienced good or excellent results. In that short time, the average number of angina attacks was reduced from 37.5 to 11.5.
Several other benefits were noticed as well. Those taking Padma could exercise longer without experiencing the onset of angina; platelet stickiness was reduced; and total blood fats were significantly lower. All these effects lessened the need for nitroglycerin tablets.