Angina Pectoris: Causes and recommended diet

Angina pectoris is made up of spasms (a sudden involuntary contraction of muscles), or in simpler terms, a reversible narrowing of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries are among the most important vessels of the body since they provide blood flow to the heart.
Angina pectoris is usually experienced after an intense emotion, stressful situation, or some form of physical effort. It manifests as an intense pain on the left side of the thorax. Angina is reversible and hardly leaves a permanent heart damage contrary to an Infarction. Most people often confuse Angina pectoris with myocardial infarction. Whilst angina causes a reversible damage, myocardial infarction is irreversible.

Causes of Angina Pectoris
There are certain ‘risk factors’ that predispose one to angina pectoris, namely:

* Arteriosclerosis – This is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries. It is usually caused by a diet that is low in plant-based foods, and rich in saturated fats. Saturated fats, tobacco and abstinence from physical exercises are its primary causes.
8 Spasms – These are usually contractions of the smooth muscles, an involuntary muscles. Lack of magnesium, and other important nutrients is said to facilitate the occurrence of spasms.

Recommended diet

There are certain foods that cause angina pectoris; these foods must be avoided. On the other hand, there are certain foods that prevent its occurrence. Below is a table showing these foods.

Increase ▲Eliminate ▼
Whole grainsSaturated fats
BarleyFried foods
Non-alcoholic wineMargarine
ZucchiniAlcoholic Beverages
PotatoDairy products

By Abbati

Abbati studied Biological sciences at Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!

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