If you suffer from angina, you know just how scary it can be. Sometimes without warning, you begin to feel the vise-like pressure in your chest. Even breathing can become difficult. And if you are lucky, your angina is stable; if you have the unstable form, your life can be severely disrupted.

So how can this frightening condition be prevented and treated? Most medical professionals agree on the following measures:

To Prevent Angina:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Control your high blood pressure and/or high blood cholesterol.
  • Control your weight; eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise.
  • Moderate your alcohol consumption.
  • Reduce stress factors in your life.

To Treat Angina:

  • Medication is often prescribed. The most common drug used is nitroglycerine. This drug helps increase the blood flow to the heart and allows it to work with less stress.
  • Other drugs like beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers are also used to treat angina.
  • If medications fail, surgery may be performed to control angina. Coronary bypass surgery is an option. In this operation, a blood vessel from another part of the body is grafted onto the blocked artery, “bypassing” the blockage.
  • Balloon angioplasty is another often-recommended procedure. A tiny balloon is inserted into a forearm or groin artery by means of a catheter. It is then moved to the place where an artery is blocked and inflated. 
  • Work is also being done to develop other procedures, including the insertion of a catheter to allow treatment with laser and/or other mechanical devices.

When your angina becomes a disability, you might want to consider applying for disability in Massachusetts. The Boston area disability specialists at Keefe Disability Law can help you through the entire Social Security Administration disability process. Just give us a call toll-free today at 888-904-6847 for a free disability case consultation. At your request, we’ll even send you a FREE copy of John Keefe's book, Unlocking the Mystery: The Essential Guide for Navigating the Social Security Disability Claims Process.

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