Differences between myocardial infarction and angina pectoris

Greetings StemSocial community, I wish you all are very well, and that you can continue enjoying yourselves from now on, do not forget to take care of yourselves, avoid excesses that unfortunately are very common at this time of the year. Today I want to share some important information on a subject that I believe is very common, and that is often confused, such is the case of Chest angina and myocardial infarction, which although they may have a common cause, they are not the same thing.

In this publication I intend to explain the concepts of each of these unfortunately very common diseases, and what are the substantial differences between them. They do not necessarily or only occur in elderly people, but both can also be seen in young people.

If you want to have clarity as to the meaning of each one of these entities that usually worry many, and not without reason, I invite you to continue reading, because what I want to tell you will surely interest you.

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Let's start by defining angina pectoris:

It is a type of chest pain that occurs when blood flow to the heart is impeded or limited. This can occur due to blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Angina pectoris is usually felt as a pressing, squeezing or tightening sensation in the chest, although it can also manifest as pain in the left arm, neck, jaw or back (this is particularly often confused with a heart attack).

Angina pectoris is often a symptom of coronary artery disease, a condition that occurs when the coronary arteries become clogged or narrowed due to the buildup of fatty plaque and cholesterol in their walls. Although angina pectoris can be a serious condition, with proper treatment, most people can control it and live a normal life.

Now let's define myocardial infarction:

Myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack, is a serious condition in which blood flow to the heart is suddenly and completely blocked (pathophysiologically speaking, this is the main difference in cause) This can be caused by a blood clot blocking a coronary artery. When blood flow is blocked, the heart cells do not receive enough oxygen and begin to die.

Symptoms of myocardial infarction include chest pain or discomfort, left arm pain, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea and vomiting (signs similar to myocardial infarction). If you have a sneaking suspicion that you may have a myocardial infarction, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If treated promptly, myocardial infarction can be treated and serious complications (including death) can be avoided.

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From the above mentioned we can establish some clear differences, although the cause may be similar, the consequences and therefore the treatment usually differ, especially considering that in the case of myocardial infarction it can be fatal.

Although angina pectoris and acute myocardial infarction may have similar symptoms, such as chest pain or discomfort, angina pectoris is less serious than acute myocardial infarction. However, if left untreated, angina pectoris can lead to acute myocardial infarction. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you may have one of these conditions to avoid leading to complicated consequences, and even death.

But it is important that despite the differences between these, we have many necessary points to consider when it comes to prevention. I am particularly one of those who prefer this, to take measures to prevent things from happening, because later it may be too late. Among the meds to consider to reduce the risks of coronary heart disease are the following:

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  • I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, unfortunately, but Exercise regularly: Exercise can strengthen your heart and improve blood circulation. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

  • If there is one thing that is intimately related to health it is.
    Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can increase the risk of coronary heart disease. Work with your doctor or a nutritionist to establish a healthy eating plan and achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

  • As I have said before, have a healthy diet: this is crucial to avoiding virtually all types of disease. Limit consumption of processed foods, sugars and saturated fats and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

  • If you are a smoker, you need to Stop smoking: Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease and other serious health problems. If you smoke, try to quit, if you don't, stay away from this vice.

  • Among the main causes of coronary heart disease is an increase in lipids (fats) in our bodies, so Control cholesterol and blood pressure: High cholesterol and high blood pressure can increase the risk of coronary heart disease. Work with your doctor to control these levels and keep them within normal limits.

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  • Another very common cause, more so in today's life, is high levels of stress, so try to Reduce stress: Chronic stress can increase the risk of coronary heart disease. Try to find ways to manage stress, such as exercising, meditating or talking to a therapist.

  • If you are already diagnosed with angina pectoris and have your treatment, in addition to the above, Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.

Keep in mind that both diseases, while differing in certain respects, often have common origins, and both can be avoided with similar measures.

The idea of living is to be able to be full, enjoying health to be able to enjoy the good things in life, without limitations.

I hope this post serves as guidance for whoever likes to read it. Thanks in advance for your support.

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