Angina and aging have a very strong connection for several reasons including being older the 50, high blood pressure, as well as lack of exercise.
While this painful and very scary condition can and does affect all age groups, once we hit the magic age of 50, we become its prime target.
However, what is not well known is that there are four different forms of it, which once explained, surprises most people.
If you have never experienced it you are extremely lucky, but once you see the full list of symptoms and really think about it, you may reconsider.
The reason for this is simple; it affects the vast majority of us at some point in our life.
In fully understanding the connection with angina and aging, it helps to start with the symptoms.
Again, if you step back and think about the following list, I think all of us can remember a moment or several moments where we may have experienced them.
Here is the list of symptoms.
If you take a step back and think about a very challenging or pressure like situation that you were in or are in, most likely you have experienced this condition.
An example would be in the world of retail management whenever you had an inventory, and were not sure how it would come out.
While it may not bother you in the days before, the day of inventory is an entirely different situation.
As you watch the numbers come in, you can feel the tightening in your chest that will feel like someone is squeezing you.
The pressure will be directly in the center of your chest and can and will be the result of stress, high blood pressure that is not controlled, as well as age.
Any type of high pressure situation can set it off, and in all most cases, it will come and go very quickly.
However, if it does not, it can and will turn into an emergency. Here are the four different types of angina and aging that will affect us.
The stable form is by far and away the most common form, and is triggered by exertion or stressful situations, and goes away with rest.
It also goes away once the pressure is over; however, if it continues or begins to get worse, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
This form is triggered again by stressful situations or by exertion where our heart is working harder than normal.
After we rest or the stress goes away, it will only last only about five minutes or less and then is totally gone.
The unstable form, on the other hand, will not go away after rest.
It will also come on unexpected and will be much more severe and last a lot longer, and if you experience this form, DO NOT ignore it.
Instead, seek medical attention as soon as possible, as it most likely is a heart attack in the beginning stages.
The third form, Women’s angina, is different in several ways.
In the vast majority of cases it is not the unstable form and the reasons for the differences is the symptoms.
While the overwhelming number of men only experience the chest, neck and arm or jaw pain, women will experience nausea and abdominal pain.
They may also experience what is described as a stabbing like pain sensation that is frightening.
The final form, Variant, is also referred to as Prinzmetal’s, and is triggered by a spasm in one of our arteries because of the narrowing that is occurring.
It will also not go away with rest, but is very easy to treat with medications.
All forms of angina and aging are the result of a reduction of the blood flow to our heart, and this critical flow of blood carries oxygen.
Without this oxygen we would not survive, and when it does not get enough, it triggers what is referred to as “ischemia”.
This is a situation when our arteries have narrowed and suppresses the flow of oxygen. However, in most forms of angina except the unstable form, this is temporary.
There are also several different risk factors that can help trigger angina and aging, and they include the following.
Here is the first list.
The connection between angina and aging begins with age, as any male older than 50 years of age is its prime target, as well as any female older than 55.
We have all heard about the dangers of tobacco for years, and this is one of the major reasons why.
Smoke, even second hand smoke, can and will begin to damage the interior of the walls in our arteries.
Once this occurs, it allows cholesterol to begin to build up, and this is perhaps the major reason the flow of blood to our heart is compromised.
High blood pressure is dangerous for several reasons, and if left unchecked and not controlled, it will only be a matter of time before it will damage our arteries.
A lack of exercise, especially when combined with being 20 or more pounds overweight, is most commonly associated with both high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
Here is the second list of risk factors with angina and aging.
Stress in any form, even getting angry, not only increases our blood pressure immediately, it can over time, begin to damage our immune system.
However with angina, stress causes our immune system to produce hormones, and it sends them in surges.
If this continues, these surges can and will narrow our arteries.
High cholesterol levels, especially the bad kind, LDL, are believed to again be one of the major causes of our arteries narrowing.
It can also affect all are arteries throughput our body, not just to our heart.
Diabetes is one of the biggest causes of most forms of coronary problems we will face, as is a family history of heart trouble.
The fact that getting older is the largest risk factor, and when combined with the problems most us will face in these final years, it makes the connection with angina and aging very strong.
The good news, however, is that there are several very effective medications to treat this potentially dangerous condition.
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