Angina is pain or discomfort in the chest, arms, jaw or upper back caused by
decreased blood flow to the heart. It often occurs during exercise, stress or
activities when your heart rate and blood pressure increase. The pain is a
signal that your heart is not getting enough oxygen. It is a strong sign that
you need treatment to prevent a heart attack.
Angina may happen with:
• Work or exercise
• Eating a large meal
• Smoking or using tobacco
• Very hot or cold temperatures
• Emotions or stressful events
• Active dreams while sleeping
Signs of Angina
• Pain or pressure in your chest, arm, jaw, shoulders or neck. It may
spread from one place to another.
• Feeling of tightness, heaviness, squeezing or burning
• Shortness of breath
• Feeling very tired, dizzy or faint
If you have signs of angina, rest and call 911. You will be tested to see if
your signs are caused by angina.
Follow-up with your doctor to get a plan for your care. You may be given
medicine to take. Your doctor may also want you to eat a low fat diet and
Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
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