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Angina: Understanding & Naturally Treating Your Chest Pains

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Angina isn't categorized as a disease, but as a symptom of a bigger health issue: coronary heart disease.
Air Date: 1/21/15
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Jacob Teitelbaum head shotJacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery/Penguin Group), Pain Free 1-2-3 — A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGraw-Hill), Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press 2003), Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press, July 15, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment.

Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends.
Angina: Understanding & Naturally Treating Your Chest Pains
Angina, which is chest pain caused by decreased blood flow to the heart muscle, was rare until about 60 years ago. It can be described as a pressure in your chest, shoulders, arms, neck, back and jaw.

Many who experience angina often say it's a similar feeling to indigestion.

Angina usually goes away quickly, but if left untreated, it can be a huge risk factor for a heart attack in your future.

Angina has become more prevalent since changes in dieting and lifestyle started to catch up with society, where fast food meals are the norm and healthy, prepared meals are almost unheard of. Blockages in your arteries caused by plaque build-up causes restricted blood flow to your heart. This leaves your heart with less oxygen and the pain you may feel in your chest.

What are the types of angina?

There are three types of angina: stable angina, unstable angina, and variant angina. Stable angina is the most common and is caused by physical activity or stress. Unstable angina occurs when you're resting or inactive. The pain is strong, frequent, and long lasting. Lastly, variant angina happens at night or during your sleep. If you've been experiencing any symptoms of angina, it's crucial you see a doctor immediately.

What are some natural ways to prevent angina from happening?
  • Fish Oil
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Magnesium/Potassium Aspartate
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Pomegranate
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, discusses diet, exercise, and natural supplements that can treat and even reverse this condition.