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What increases my risk for angina?

Since angina is often associated with coronary artery disease, anything that increases your risk for CAD increases your risk of angina. Risk factors include cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, stress, and lack of exercise. If you have a family member with CAD, this also increases your risk. In addition, as you age your risk increases.

Variant angina, caused by a coronary artery spasm, is also associated with cocaine and nicotine use, so drug use and smoking increase your risk with or without coronary artery disease. Lupus, certain birth defects, and radiation therapy may also increase your risk for this rare type of angina.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet are two factors you can control that contribute to the development of angina, the squeezing chest pain. In this video, Dr. Oz explains these risk factors.


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