Get perspectives from real patients
Watch these videos to get a better idea of how patients have taken steps toward managing their chronic angina.
One good choice leads to others.
"My cardiologist emphasized the importance of exercise and eating healthy."
Frances is a nurse practitioner. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. With a lot of stress in her life, Frances started feeling short of breath and having chest discomfort. She thought it was just heartburn. Her doctor did a test to see how well blood flowed through the arteries of her heart (cardiac catheterization). The test showed a large blockage in the large artery on the front part of her heart. Frances' doctor put a small tube (stent) in the artery to keep it open. After that, Frances felt better for a while, but soon the chest discomfort came back. Frances was diagnosed as having chronic angina, and her doctor prescribed a treatment plan to treat her symptoms. Today, Frances can exercise more and has angina less often.
Working toward treatment goals.
"I'm starting to feel very comfortable with my treatment plan."
Robert is a retired operations lieutenant with the State Department of Corrections. Robert ran regularly to stay in shape for his job. He began feeling tightness in his chest and shortness of breath while running. His cardiologist did some tests of Robert's heart and found out he had a large blockage in one of his arteries. The cardiologist put a small tube (stent) in the artery to keep it open. Robert had a few more stents put in over the next couple of years. But his chest tightness and shortness of breath came back. So he decided to see a new cardiologist, who told Robert he had chronic angina. The doctor prescribed a new treatment plan and Robert is able to exercise more and has less angina.
You’re more than your disease.
"I'm continuing to work with Ann on my chronic angina treatment plan."
Frank stayed busy after he retired, making deliveries and playing classic rock with friends. When he experienced chest pain while working, Frank took a home blood pressure reading. The result was so high, he drove to the hospital. He learned he had diabetes and blockages in blood vessels around his heart. Frank had a procedure to open his blood vessels with stents; but 5 years later he started feeling pain again and additional stents were inserted. The pain returned, and Frank was told he had chronic angina. A new physician assistant asked Frank about activities he limited to avoid angina, leading to an honest conversation—and a new treatment plan.
Take advantage of these helpful tips as you continue to work toward managing your chronic angina with Ranexa.
Tip 1: Discuss medications
Share current medicines with your doctor before starting treatment.
Tip 2: Healthy Living
Add whole grains as a hearty option for a healthy diet.
Tip 3: Maintain communication
Work toward having an open dialogue with your doctor.
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Learn about chronic angina
Chronic angina is a disease that needs to be managed over time. Angina may be a symptom of a heart problem called coronary heart disease. Get additional information about what causes angina, its symptoms and how it may affect you.
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