Medical Alerts for Seniors with Angina Pectoris

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Angina Pectoris

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


Angina pectoris is chest pain caused by a reduction in oxygen that results when an insufficient amount of blood is able to flow to the heart. The sufferer starts to experience chest pain, a tight feeling in the chest, and often discomfort down one arm, in the neck, jaw or back.

Angina Pectoris Introduction

Angina pectoris occurs in people that suffer from cardiac problems. According to Medscape, approximately 9.8 million people in the United States experience angina pectoris. The condition can be aggravated from changes in temperature, overeating or physical exertion. The pain usually only lasts for one to five minutes and is relieved by rest.

Angina Pectoris Impairment

People who suffer from coronary artery disease usually suffer from varying degrees of angina pectoris. It can make exercising, or even simple tasks such as climbing stairs, difficult. Any exertions that place a physical demand on the heart muscle can aggravate angina pectoris.

  • Pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Weakness
Medical Alert Benefits

Angina that does not go away after five minutes may indicate a heart attack. If you experience prolonged angina or pain that is more severe than usual, then it is important to summon emergency help. If you have a medical alert system, you can easily do this with the push of a button.Also, angina pectoris sufferers might experience falls brought on by breathlessness, dizziness or mounting fatigue.

The symptoms and intensity of angina pectoris can vary among sufferers.

  • Chest pain
  • Heaviness in chest
  • Breathlessness
  • Pain in arm
  • Pain in back
  • Pain in jaw
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
Safety Without Medical Alerts

If you opt to live your life without medical alert services, then it is wise to take a few precautions around your home if you frequently suffer from angina pectoris. These precautions can help you live a safer life.

  • Dizziness and breathlessness: When feeling dizzy or breathless, you should utilize a cane or walker to move from room to room. You might also want to have handrails installed to provide you with a bit of stability.
  • Pain: If you start to experience pain that lasts for more than five minutes and cannot be controlled by taking nitroglycerin pills, then you will need to call for immediate medical assistance. Carrying a cell phone with you and having phones installed in all of the major rooms of the house can be a huge precautionary step.
  • Avoid strenuous activities: You should avoid strenuous activities if you suffer from frequent bouts of angina pectoris. Things like snow shoveling, pushing a mower, sweeping and mopping can cause you to suffer from the discomfort. Talk to your doctor about which activities you can safely complete, and which you should avoid.
Angina Pectoris Precautions
  • Depression: Many angina pectoris sufferers experience bouts of depression because they feel like they cannot do anything without experiencing pain and discomfort. If you have started to feel depressed and are beginning to lose your zest for life, then you should consult your physician. You may also want to reach out to family and friends for support.
  • Medication: Most sufferers of angina pectoris carry nitroglycerin tablets to take when they start to feel pain. You should always have your medication on your person.
  • Exercise: Even though you suffer from angina pectoris,it is still important to exercise. Consult with your physician to determine the ideal cardio exercise program that you can undertake to strengthen your heart safely.
Angina Pectoris Medical Alerts Conslusion

Living with cardiac problems is never easy. When angina pectoris strikes, there is often a feeling of fear and uncertainty. Many seniors may worry that it might be something severe like a heart attack. Having medical alert services at your disposal provides you with reassuring peace of mind. You know that if you should experience pain that lasts longer than five minutes, you can quickly and efficiently summon help. Medical alerts can be a true lifesaver, especially in time-sensitive cardiac situations.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.