How does physical activity help if you have angina?

WHAT IS ANGINA?

Angina is a pain is a discomfort usually felt in the chest. Sometime it can be felt in other parts of the body such as down the arms, in the back, in the throat and jaw and around the abdomen.

WHAT CAUSES ANGINA?

The heart muscle, know as the myocardium, needs sufficient oxygen (carried in your blood stream) to be able to function properly. Your heart has its own blood supply called the coronary circulation which consists of a busy network off arteries and veins providing to a veins providing necessary nutrients to your heart. Over time and due to a variety of reasons the coronary arteries can narrow. This process is known as gets far harder to deliver the right amount of oxygen to your heart muscle.

An attack of angina is usually provoked by any activity that makes your heart muscles demand more oxygen than usual. This could be brought about by any physical exertion, such as walking faster than normal, or climbing a hill , pushing a broken down car, or other occasions like watching an exciting football match or getting stressed. If the heart does not get enough oxygen you will experience angina.

Physical activity

Any sort of activity, particularly walking briskly, cycling or dancing helps your heart to function better.

regular activity reduces angina because active people have lower heart rate and blood pressure which means their heart s have to work less hard and less likely to become short of oxygen.

Regular physical activity can improve the blood supply to the heart muscle.

If you are overweight, physical activity helps you reduce  your weight. this means that your heart will need to do less work to pump blood around your body.

Physical activity also helps reduce many other forms of ill health such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, being overweight and the risk of developing diabetes.

Physical activity, along with healthy diet, helps reduce stress and improves your overall feeling of well being and quality of life, and helps you to sleep well.

It also reduce the risk of bowel cancer osteoporosis and the risk of falling.

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