CT coronary angiogram, a non-invasive scan that uses a contrast dye to produce detailed images of your heart's arteries.
Coronary angiography, an invasive procedure that uses a contrast dye and x-rays to see how blood flows through your heart's arteries.
Tip: Protect your heart through regular health screenings. Heart disorders usually have 'silent' symptoms. Check your heart's health regularly to identify hidden risks and gain peace of mind.
How is angina treated?
Treatment for angina typically combines lifestyle changes and medication. In more severe cases, your doctor may also recommend medical procedures and surgery. The goals of treatment are to reduce frequency and severity of chest pains and to lower your risks of a heart attack and death.
To improve your heart health, you should:
Prioritise sleep. Everyone needs a minimum of 7 hours per night.
Exercise regularly. Cardio (aerobic) exercise can help to manage weight, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Your doctor will give you a guide as to what exercise you can do with angina.
Maintain a healthy body weight. Losing weight can help to reduce risk factors significantly.
Consume a healthy, balanced diet. Aim for more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.
Reduce stress as much as possible. Practise stress management techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness.
Quit smoking. Quitting is one of the best ways to improve your condition, as smoking is a major risk factor.
To improve your condition, your doctor may recommend the following medication:
Nitrates to relax and widen your blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow to your heart muscle.
Blood clot-preventing drugs to reduce the ability of your blood to clot, making it easier for blood to flow through narrowed heart arteries.
Beta-blockers to reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
Statins to prevent heart attacks.
Calcium channel blockers to reduce blood pressure and relieve angina.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors to reduce blood pressure.
Medical procedures and surgery
Your doctor may also recommend the following medical procedures and surgery to treat angina.
Coronary angioplasty and stenting, a minimally invasive procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries through a balloon (balloon angioplasty). Your doctor may insert a small wire mesh coils (stents) to keep the arteries open.
Minimally invasive heart surgery has multiple advantages for patients. With an Impella heart pump, even high-risk patients with very weak hearts can now benefit from such treatments with improved safety.