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Angina Treatment Information
IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians offer advanced treatment options for angina and its underlying causes, including:
- Electrocardiogram. Electrocardiograms monitor the electrical activity in your heart to look for irregularities with the heart muscle.
- Cardiac stress test. Cardiac stress tests require you to run on a treadmill while connected to an electrocardiogram machine so your physician can see how your heart functions during exercise.
- Cardiac catheterization. During cardiac catheterization, your physician injects you with a dye and watches how it is pumped through your arteries using an X-ray. This allows them to locate blockages in your arteries that cause chest pain.
- Education. Living a heart healthy lifestyle by eating right, exercising, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk for angina.
- Medication therapies. Some medications control angina pain. Other medications may also be used to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol.
- Balloon angioplasty. If a blockage is causing your angina, your physician can open the artery wider by inflating a small balloon inside the artery. Using a small incision in your wrist or groin, they guide the deflated balloon to the correct area of your heart by watching an X-ray. The inflated balloon widens the artery, increasing blood flow.
- Coronary artery stent. Using the same techniques as balloon angioplasty, a mesh wire tube called a stent is placed into the affected artery. The stent keeps the artery open, allowing enough blood to get to the heart and preventing angina.
- Coronary artery bypass graft. For severe blockages, open heart surgery is required to place a new vein or artery into the heart, allowing blood to flow around the blockage.
- Cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation uses exercise to improve recovery after heart surgery.
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Angina Support Services
Angina is a serious condition. Learn more about your risk for angina and coronary heart disease at the websites below.
A Sampling of Angina Support Services
American Heart Association
This website discusses the types of angina and what you can do to lower your risk.
National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute
This website explains angina, its diagnosis and its treatment.