Angina Specialist

Advanced Medical Group

Cardiology, Vein, & Podiatry located in Jersey City, NJ

Angina affects blood flow to your heart, which can leave you with severe chest pain and tightness. With several treatment options available at Advanced Medical Group, the team of vascular specialists can help resolve your case of angina. Book your evaluation at the Jersey City, Union City, or West New York, New Jersey, office with the online scheduler or call the clinic that’s most convenient for you today.

Angina Q & A

What causes angina?

Angina, medically known as angina pectoris, is a chronic issue related to coronary artery disease (CAD). This condition leads to the narrowing of your arteries and reduced blood flow to your heart muscle, which ultimately minimizes oxygen delivery to fragile heart tissues. The cause of angina depends on which type you have.

Stable angina

Stable angina is most commonly associated with physical exertion and exercise. When you work out, your heart needs more blood, but because of arterial narrowing from angina, your heart can’t get the blood it needs.

Unstable angina

Unstable angina is known for being “unstable,” because symptoms can happen at any time. This type of angina occurs when you have fatty plaque deposits in your blood vessels or clots that minimize blood flow. You’re more likely to have unstable angina if you’re overweight, have diabetes, or have high cholesterol.

Prinzmetal’s angina

Prinzmetal’s angina occurs when you have a spasm in your coronary artery, which ultimately leads to narrowing of the artery, but only temporarily. Stress, smoking cigarettes, or the use of certain street drugs often cause this type of angina.

Are there symptoms of angina?

Yes, and because any of these symptoms can quickly lead to serious angina complications, it’s important to seek emergency medical attention if you experience:

  • Chest tightness or pressure
  • Pain in your arms, neck, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or sweating

Angina is common and the sooner you’re diagnosed, the better your chances of preventing future heart issues.

How is angina diagnosed?

Whether you’ve had a previous angina diagnosis or have been experiencing abnormal chest pain, the team of cardiovascular specialists at Advanced Medical Group spend time thoroughly diagnosing you with:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Nuclear stress test

These advanced tests are performed right in the office. They may also send you home with a Holter monitor that tracks your heart rhythm for a set period — often at least 24 hours. This way, your dedicated practitioner can get a better glimpse as to how your heart is functioning while you’re going about your daily routine.

Is there treatment for angina?

Yes. The team at Advanced Medical Group counsels you on lifestyle changes you need to make to decrease angina complications. This can include dietary and nutrition counseling, weight loss tips, and healthy lifestyle habits. You may also benefit from medications, such as:

  • Nitrates to widen blood vessels
  • Aspirin to minimize clots
  • Beta blockers to lower blood pressure
  • Statins to decrease cholesterol

If these conservative measures aren’t improving your condition, you might need surgery to open up your affected artery. Modern angioplasty involving stenting is one of the most common types of minimally invasive angina procedures that provides lasting results.

If you have a history of angina or are experiencing symptoms, schedule an evaluation at Advanced Medical Group. Book your visit online or over the phone.