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 Dr. George Jacob
Heart Infocenter



Common Sense Care for Angina

IMPORTANT: If you experience any symptoms of angina or heart attack, contact your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room or call. Time is of essence. Many victims die within three to four hours of the onset of heart attack. Hence heart attacks require immediate attention. The alternative treatments described here can be used after your condition has been stabilized to prevent an onset of angina in the future, but NOT FOR THE TREATMENT OF AN ANGINA IN PROGRESS.

Follow the steps below to minimize your chances of getting an angina.

  • Forfeit fat: avoid all foods that are high in saturated fats and cholesterol. Use Holisticonline Nutrition section to find out the foods that are high in saturated fats. Research has documented tremendous improvement in heart patients who stuck to a diet containing only 10 percent of calories from fat. Increase your daily intake of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables and eat more whole grains such as whole wheat, rice, and oats. 

  • Cease smoking. This may be the best thing you can do for your heart. Studies have found that angina patients who quit smoking cut their death rate in half compared to those who continue to smoke. 

  • Add your intake of Omega-3 fatty acid. One of the best sources of this is fish (mackerel, cod, tuna).

  • Take an aspirin a day - aspirin makes your blood less sticky, so there is less chance of it clotting.

  • Get exercise- A suitable exercise program is essential to maintain a healthy heart. Aerobic exercises such as cycling or jogging is particularly good. (If you had angina consult with your doctor before you start an exercise program).

  • Reduce stress: Sudden stress, whether it is from exertion or from emotional excitement, can bring on an attack of painful angina. Spend 15 to 20 minutes everyday practicing some form of stress management such as meditation or relaxation. (See holisticonline.com Stress Infocenter for tips on managing stress.)

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