Tips For Anyone Beginning Angina Treatment
Being diagnosed with angina can be scary and relieving, all at the same time. Many people diagnosed with angina previously thought they were having a heart attack, so hearing that it is only angina can be comforting. At the same time, this is a condition that needs to be managed and treated so that it does not progress to causing an actual heart attack. Your doctor will prescribe the angina medications that are best for you. Regardless of which specific treatments are prescribed, here are a few tips to follow as you pursue angina treatment.
Let your doctor know about any side effects
Sometimes patients will start taking prescription medication for their angina, experience side effects, and assume they need to suck it up and deal with it. But this should not be the case. If you have side effects, then you need to let your doctor know. There are many different medications that can be used to treat angina. If you are having side effects from one, then your doctor can probably prescribe a different one that your body reacts to better. You should not assume that you have to go on suffering anxiety, insomnia, retained fluid, or any other side effects for the rest of your life because of angina treatment.
Take your medication on time
Most angina medications are effective when they are continually active in your body. This means that if you wait longer than intended between doses, your symptoms could worsen. You do not want to take your medications at different times on a regular basis. So, set an alarm to remind you to take your meds on time. Keep them with you when you are out of the house so that you are able to take them on time when you are out.
Follow the recommended lifestyle changes
Your doctor will probably recommend that you make a few lifestyle changes as a part of your angina treatment. For instance, you may be asked to lose weight or exercise more. Take these recommendations seriously. The medications you are prescribed are not a substitute for these lifestyle changes. They are meant to be supplemental to the lifestyle changes. Over time, making lifestyle changes will help protect you from a heart attack.
These are just a few helpful tips as you begin and continue angina treatment. To learn more about angina treatment options, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.