Angina—sometimes called angina pectoris—is, simply put, a symptom of coronary artery disease. It is caused by a reduction of the blood flow to the heart. Angina can cause intense discomfort and pain in the chest. Patients describe the feeling as heaviness, tightness or squeezing. It can occur suddenly, or occur over and over again.
New England angina sufferers may become disabled and unable to work as a result of angina, depending on the severity and frequency of attacks. If you have angina or another form of coronary heart disease, you might consider applying for disability in Massachusetts.
While “stable angina” is a fairly common condition, “unstable angina” is a dangerous form of the disease. There is also a third form called “variant angina” (also known as Prinzmetal’s angina), which is very rare. Here are the basic differences:
- Gets worse when you exercise.
- Rarely lasts over five minutes.
- Gets better with rest and/or medication
- Can often be predicted.
- Might feel like indigestion and affect the arms, back, or elsewhere.
- Can be brought on by stress.
- Happens any time, even while resting.
- Usually signals a change in your previously stable angina.
- Rest and/or medication do not help.
- Cannot be predicted and is unexpected.
- Could be warning you of a heart attack.
- Occurs in only 2% of cases.
- Happens when at rest.
- Can be very severe.
- Medications may help.
- Is caused by a spasm in the heart’s arteries.
It is important to note that angina symptoms are often different in women than in men. Instead of the more common severe pressure, women may experience sharper, stabbing pain and may be nauseous or short of breath. Abdominal pain may also be present.
Angina is more likely to occur if you smoke, are obese, or suffer from stress. It is also commonly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or a family history of coronary artery disease.
If you, a family member, or friend suffers from angina and have considered applying for SSA disability in Massachusetts, please contact Keefe Disability Law today for help. We can advise you and offer a completely free case review by a Massachusetts disability attorney.
You can reach us at our toll-free number, 888-904-6847. Also, order a free copy of our report, The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability.