Different Angina Treatment Techniques for Different Types of Angina
Since each kind of angina has different symptoms, and may need different treatment, it's important to know what kind of angina you have.
- Stable angina consists of episodes of chest pain that are usually predictable and triggered by exertion (such as heavy lifting), or mental or emotional stress. Generally, the chest discomfort is relieved with rest, angina medications like nitroglycerin, or both.
- Unstable angina doesn't follow a pattern, is very serious, and requires emergency treatment. It usually happens when at rest. The chest discomfort may be more severe and may last longer than typical angina. This may be the person's first episode of angina.
Only your doctor can accurately determine which kind of angina you have and recommend the treatment for angina that's right for you.
If you have stable angina, please see below.
How is Angina Treated?
For acute treatment for angina pain, short-acting nitrates are most commonly prescribed. Nitrates like nitroglycerin lingual spray or sublingual tablets work by expanding (or dilating) blood vessels. This allows improved blood flow to the heart, which then gets the oxygen it needs.
Short-Acting Nitroglycerin Is Available in Different Forms
In the past, short-acting nitroglycerin for angina treatment was only available in tablets. Today, Nitrolingual Pumpspray is also available. If you are taking Nitrolingual Pumpspray, it's important to keep it with you at all times.
The Nitrolingual Pumpspray is delivered onto or under the tongue
- Nitrolingual Pumpspray remains stable and potent for 2 years from the date of manufacture
- Tablets are placed under the tongue, not swallowed
What to Expect from Angina Treatment
If you are taking Nitrolingual Pumpspray 5 to 10 minutes before an activity that might provoke an angina attack you may have increased exercise duration and an increase in time-to-onset of angina. If you are experiencing an angina attack Nitrolingual Pumpspray can provide effective relief. It is recommended to take Nitrolingual Pumpspray while in a sitting position.
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