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Are there alternative treatments for angina?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Behavioral and lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, losing weight, and eating nutritious food have been shown to have a positive effect on arteries and reduce angina symptoms. In addition, certain supplements may be used to widen arteries and allow blood to flow more easily. These are L-arginine and L-carnitine. However, it is extremely important to ask your doctor about using these, or any, supplements beforehand. Sometimes supplements can cause problems when combined with your other medications. In addition, if you experience unstable angina or variant angina symptoms, seek emergency care, as these forms of angina can lead to heart attack.

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