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Angina Symptoms (cont.)

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Can angina be prevented?

The risk for atherosclerotic heart disease can be minimized by preventive medicine. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking will decrease the likely of developing atherosclerotic heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.

A patient should never smoke but heart attack risk begins to decrease shortly after they stop.

Lifelong screening and controlling high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, and diabetes will minimize the risk of developing heart disease but that risk does not become zero.

Understanding that not all angina is chest pain may help a patient present to a health care professional so that an early diagnosis may be made. Listening to your body is key to living a long, healthy, and productive life.

REFERENCE:

Longo, Dan, et al. Harrisons's Principles of Internal Medicine. 18th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2011.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/10/2013

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