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What is it?
The symptoms of angina are sudden, vice-like spasms in the upper chest. It is advisable to seek immediate medical help.

The pains last a few minutes and may spread to one or both arms, particularly the left, the neck, throat, jaw or back. They are often accompanied by feelings of exhaustion choking, suffocation, nausea or impending death.

The cause of angina is an inadequate supply of blood to the heart. In moments of extra exertion the body needs extra oxygen. To meet this need, the heart beats faster and blood pressure rises to speed the circulation of the blood and so take more oxygen to the body tissues. Sometimes, the heart cannot function properly because the arteries carrying the blood are too narrow for an adequate flow. This is when angina pains are felt. If the arteries continue to narrow, the risk of a heart attack increases. Warning: No alternative practitioner should treat chest pains without first finding out the cause.

Chest pains, sudden spasms in chest, choking, suffocation.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors, like alternative practitioners, believe that there is more than one cause of angina. Stress tension and emotional upsets can cause or contribute to angina. The doctor will carry out tests and if angina is confirmed, further test will determine the causes. Once they are found, drugs such as beta-blockers may be prescribed. The doctor will also advise you to avoid stress and prescribe a low-fat diet.
Alternative Treatments:
  Chiropractors set out to correct disorders of the joints, muscles and spine. Spinal problems can cause pain in the spine and other parts of the body including the shoulder, arm, hip and leg. More Info
  Osteopathy aims to diagnose and treat medical problems in the framework. These problems may be caused by injury or stress. Osteopaths believe that when the structure of the body is sound, it will work just like a well-tuned engine. Osteopaths use their hands for massaging and manipulating the framework to restore normal, more comfortable function. More Info
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info

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