Most people who have stable angina can control their symptoms by taking
medicines as prescribed and nitroglycerin when needed. Staying active is also important.
Before you get started, ask your doctor what kind of activities would be good for
you. But if prescription medicines and activity don't help you manage your angina,
try these tips:
If an activity causes angina, stop and rest. Be active
at a level that does not cause symptoms.
Ease into your day. Warm up slowly
Give yourself time to rest and digest right after meals.
the way you eat. Eat smaller meals more often during the day instead of two or three
Controlling severe angina
angina is more severe and you are having a hard time managing it, you can:
if family members or hired help can assist with heavy chores such as shoveling snow
or mowing lawns. If it makes sense to do so, think about moving to a different home
to avoid the physical stress caused by climbing stairs or doing heavy chores.
your job involves heavy labor, think about changing the kind of work you do.
taking nitroglycerin before you start a stressful activity that can cause angina,
such as walking uphill or having sex.
If you are not taking nitroglycerin,
ask your doctor if it could help you.
Tell your doctor right away if:
There is a sudden change
in your angina symptoms.
You begin to get angina at unexpected times.
get angina when you are resting.
Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh
K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Adam
Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica,
MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family
Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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