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Men and women have a range of similarities and differences when it comes to our chemical construction. Women have more of some hormones than other men and vice versa. Men and women are also more likely to develop certain conditions than others. When it comes to health conditions that both genders can get, men and women also react differently.

These include:
• Nausea
• Shortness of breath
• Abdominal pain
• Neck, jaw and back discomfort
• Stabbing pain instead of chest pressure

The NHS website says that, if you don’t know you have angina that you should seek medical help, “if you have an attack of chest that stops within a few minutes of resting” to see if you have condition.

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There are two types of angina that you could be diagnosed with, stable and unstable angina.

Stable angina, the most common of the two, are attacks that have a trigger and stop within a few minutes of resting.

These attacks normally have a trigger such as stress or exercise.

Unstable angina, the more serious variant, are attacks that are more dangerous as they don’t have an identifiable trigger.

Whilst they are two different types, it is possible to move from having stable angina to unstable angina.

Angina is a life-long condition.

As a result, you’ll need to take medicines to treat the attacks, prevent further attacks and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Like other conditions, there are risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing an angina.

These include simple things like your diet or how much you exercise.

If you smoke or have a family history of atherosclerosis, this will also increase your risk.

Your age will have an impact too, the older you are the greater the likelihood you have of developing a stable or unstable angina.

If you have any questions relating to angina, both stable and unstable, or are worried you may have it then consult your GP or the NHS.



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