Features May 2014 Issue

Self-Management Techniques May Reduce Angina Episodes

Strategies such as relaxation training and stress management are associated with fewer, less intense episodes of chest pain.

Like all muscles, the heart needs a steady supply of oxygenated blood to remain healthy. When that supply is reduced—usually because of blockage in a coronary artery—the heart muscle aches. You feel that pain and tightness in your chest. The condition is called angina, and its symptoms are often mistaken for the onset of a heart attack.

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