How can I prevent angina?

Yolanda Y. Hendley, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Lifestyle choices can decrease angina symptoms and reduce your heart risks. Within weeks, you could feel better. Doctors recommend the following:
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Control high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a low-fat diet.
  • Avoid certain foods if they trigger chest pain.
  • Don’t drink a lot of alcohol.
  • Take steps to manage stress.
  • Get the appropriate amount of exercise.
  • Follow your doctor’s recommendations for cardiac rehabilitation (exercise and counseling) to improve heart health.
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You are in control of many of the factors that increase your risk of coronary artery disease and angina. Reducing or eliminating these risk factors can help prevent angina.

Since smoking and obesity both increase your risk of angina, quitting smoking and staying at a healthy weight can help prevent angina. Also, exercise, stress management, and eating a diet high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables may help. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, taking the appropriate steps to manage these conditions will help prevent angina.

If you have stable angina, managing your disease carefully, by taking your medications and making lifestyle changes that your doctor recommends, can reduce your risk of having angina or heart attack.

Continue Learning about Angina


Just a fancy name for chest pain or discomfort, angina often points to an underlying heart problem. Although you may experience pressure or a squeezing sensation in your chest, the feeling may also occur in your neck, jaw, shoulde...

rs, back or arms. These symptoms warn doctors that you may have coronary heart disease, the most common form of heart disease in adults. (The fatty material that causes heart disease restricts the arteries; this restriction causes a reduction of oxygenated blood to the heart muscles, leading to chest pain.) Not all chest pain is caused by heart problems. Angina can result from a lung infection, panic attack or even a blockage in an artery of the lung, called pulmonary embolism. Always see a doctor so he or she can determine why you are having chest pain.

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