How is angina treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Treatment options for stable angina include medications, surgery, and changes in behavior. The main purpose of treatment is to avoid heart attacks. Behavioral changes that help avoid a heart attack include quitting smoking, losing weight, and eating nutritious food. Avoiding overexertion and overeating can also help. If these behavioral steps are not enough, your doctor may include medications in your treatment plan. You may need to take one or a combination of mediations such as aspirin, statins, and beta blockers. Surgical options may also be used.

Unstable angina requires emergency medical treatment. In the hospital, you may be treated with medications and surgery to avoid a heart attack. Surgical options include angioplasty, in which an artery is widened and a stent inserted to keep it open, or coronary bypass surgery.

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