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Monthly Archives: January 2009

ANGINA (HEART DISEASE):

Angina pectoris (chest pain) is a symptom of coronary artery disease which people who experience this symptom feel discomfort, heaviness, aching, fullness, pressure, and painful feeling.   Now angina can be felt in the arms, shoulders, jaw, and throat.  If you have these types of pains in your chest please take notice of the pain and contact a medical professional. 

The cause of angina is due to the decrease of blood flow to an area of the heart.  With the decrease blood flow the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle cells is impaired.  The heart muscle has to use an alternative source of energy to perform the pumping of blood to the body.  Lactic acid is the by product of the alternative source of energy which builds in the muscles causing pain.

There are 3 types of angina:

Stable angina- Pain is predictable, present during exertion, and extreme emotional distress.  This type of angina goes away with rest.

Unstable angina- Can be a signal of an impending heart attack.  Occurs more frequently, last longer, and feels more severe.  Usually more intense medical treatment is required.

Prinzmetal’s angina- Occurs when you’re at rest, sleeping, or exposed to cold temperatures.  Symptoms are due to decrease blood flow to the heart muscle or spasm of the coronary artery.  Majority of people who have this type of angina also have coronary artery disease. 

Please be aware of how your body feels to help notice potential warnings that you’re body is giving you.

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EXERCISES THAT CAN REDUCE LOWER BACK PAIN:

I have seen lower back pain in young adults to the elderly due to muscle strain, injuries, or over usage.  To possibly get rid of lower back pain you can become more active, avoid bad posture, use ice, or pain relievers.    Becoming more active and avoiding bad posture is the best bet in reducing lower back pain.  By doing easy exercises you can build up your back muscles so those muscles can help maintain proper posture.  Using proper posture will help your muscles from over usage and injury. 

Here are some exercises to help strengthen you lower back:

Aerobic exercise (conditioning for the muscles)

Strengthening exercises (builds muscles for your back, stomach, and leg muscles)

Stretching exercises (helps lower injury in muscles and supporting tissue flexibility)

 If you still have lower back pains after using these tips please contact your physician at your earliest convenience.  Now, if you have a medical condition contact your physician to see if you can even attempt these tips.  Our personal trainers can work with you to strengthen your lower back and/or build the muscles in your lower back.

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