Thursday, 9 February 2012

Breathing Exercises To Help Angina |

Breathing Exercises to Help Angina Photo Credit meditation image by Petro Feketa from

Angina is chest pain that is caused when blood flow to the heart is restricted. Typically, this will happen when you are under physical or emotional stress. During an angina attack, your coronary arteries do not supply enough oxygen to your heart, and the result is pressure across your chest, or a squeezing chest pain. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and yoga can reduce stress that causes angina. Always seek medical attention if you experience angina.

Sigh Breath

Sigh breath refers to a method of breathing that is designed to release tension in the chest, diaphragm and neck, which can be helpful for angina sufferers. To perform this technique, you must breathe in through your nose, but not deeply. It will just be a light breath, then pause for a moment and exhale through the nose in a prolonged breath. The exhale must be slow and long. This will retain carbon dioxide which acts as a natural tranquilizer and calms you.

Stimulating Breath

The stimulating breath is designed to give you a burst of energy and invigorate you. It may not be as effective during an episode of angina, but will help with the condition overall by boosting blood circulation and raising your energy levels. Close your mouth and breathe in and out through your nose quickly in short, even breaths. Try for three in and out breaths per second.

4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

The 4-7-8 breathing exercise is a relaxing exercise that can help with anxiety you may feel during an angina attack. Place the tip of your tongue on the ridge of tissue behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there during the entire exercise. When you exhale through your mouth, it must be done around your tongue. Inhale through your nose for a count of four, then hold the breath for seven, and make a whoosh sound as you exhale for a count of eight. Try it for four cycles to relax your body.

Deep Natural Breath

Deep natural breathing can both relax your body and provide much needed oxygen to your lungs and bloodstream. This is just basic in and out breathing. Inhale through your nose slowly and as deeply as you can. Hold for a count of three and slowly exhale through your mouth, then repeat. Be sure to focus only on your breath during the exercise.



  1. If you can master your breaths you can master your health as well as life. You need to focus what you eat and drink too. As eating habits tells people who you are and what potential you have to achieve in your life. Thanks for sharing this interesting post.

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  2. These breasthing techniques you advised for angina are contraindicated for angina. Please, amend your posts, do your research!!