The term angina is derived from the Latin word angere (‘’to strangle’’) and pectus (chest) and therefore can be translated as ‘’a strangling feeling in the chest’’. Chest pain or discomfort is caused when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood is known as angina.
In this case, pressure and sequencing in the chest may occur. This kind of discomfort also may occur in the arms, shoulders, neck, or back. Obstruction or spams of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle may cause angina.
Angina is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, usually coronary heart disease but is not a disease. Anemia, abnormal heart rhythms, and heart failure are also a cause of it. This problem can occur when one or more of the coronary arteries is narrowed or blocked.
Types Of Angina
Angina is serious heart disease. Particularly three types of angina are dangerous, and others are less dangerous. So, some common types of angina are as given below:
- Microvascular vascular angina.
- Prinzmetal’s angina.
- Stable angina.
- Unstable angina.
- Variant angina.
Angina in Women
Angina symptoms with chest pain are more common in women than men. The angina symptoms in women are different from the symptoms in men. These different symptoms in women lead to delay in seeking treatment.
Angina Symptoms in Women
Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease and is also known as angina pectoris. It is often described as pressure, heaviness, tightness, or pain in the chest. But women may also have some other symptoms as:
- Abdominal pain.
- Discomfort in neck, jaw, or back.
- Stabbing pain instead of chest pain.
Women Have Higher Risk Than Men
Some diseases only affect women, such as polycystic ovary, diabetes, endometriosis, high blood pressure developed during pregnancy, and coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of heart attack.
Endometriosis has been found to raise the risk of coronary artery disease by 400% in women under 40. There is the various reason causing this in women than men. Those are:
- Women can also be impacted by family history like men. When the father or brother is diagnosed with coronary artery disease before age 55, the sister will also have diagnosed before age 65.
- Some disease in women usually remains untreated, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Women always prioritize family priorities over their own health, which causes coronary artery disease.
- Women do not take enough rest after a heart attack. They don’t get proper care and can’t take medications as required. That’s why they often require to need longer hospital stays, but they die before leaving the hospital.
- Women are at a higher risk of developing blood clots after a heart attack. There is some unknown reason for it. Sometimes they are not given drugs appropriately to prevent the development of blood clotting. That’s why women have a greater risk of being attacked second time within 12 months than men.
- Women always tend to ignore it when they are sick.
In heart disease, women are risky position than men. Angina is one of them. Because women have an idea to cure it automatically, but it is not automatic curable. Chest pain last night and early in the morning should not be neglected. Medication, a healthy diet, and exercising can give a healthy heart. You should go to the doctor if you face the symptoms of this disease.