Does angina interrupt your life?

Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist to help your cardiologist get a fuller picture of how angina affects you
Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist

Angina video

Watch this helpful video to learn more about angina, usually a symptom of coronary heart disease
Watch the video

Reducing angina symptoms

There are many ways to treat chronic angina. Your cardiologist may suggest one or more of the options below based on your symptoms, health, and medical history.1 Click on the tabs to learn more.

Medicines for angina

Several kinds of medicines are used to treat patients with chronic angina. The American College of Cardiology Foundation includes these medicines in its treatment guideline1,12:

  • Nitrates (nitroglycerin)
    Nitrates relax and widen blood vessels. This allows more oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart
  • Beta-blockers
    Beta-blockers slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure. When heart rate and blood pressure are lower, the heart does not work as hard and needs less oxygen
  • Calcium channel blockers
    Calcium channel blockers make blood vessels relax, so blood pressure goes down

Today, there are other medicines for angina. Be sure to ask your cardiologist which medicines are right for you.

Always tell your cardiologist about any changes in your angina. Be sure to tell your cardiologist about any side effects that you have during treatment.

The goal in treating chronic angina is to12:

  • Reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort
  • Allow a return to normal activities

*If you have angina that does not go away with rest or nitroglycerin, get emergency medical help right away.

If you still have angina even though you are getting treatment, talk with your doctor about your options.

The information on this website does not take the place of talking with your cardiologist or healthcare professional.

Does angina interrupt your life?

Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist to help your cardiologist get a fuller picture of how angina affects you
Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist

Angina video

Watch this helpful video to learn more about angina, usually a symptom of coronary heart disease
Watch the video
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