As plaque builds up, it becomes more difficult for oxygen-rich blood to get through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle. Because your heart doesn’t get enough oxygen, you may feel discomfort or pain. Your doctor may diagnose this condition as angina or angina pectoris (chest pain).
Angina is a warning sign, or symptom, of coronary artery disease.
Angina may feel different from one person to another. Your own symptoms and the frequency of your angina may be different from one time to the next.
Common angina symptoms
- You might feel this discomfort anywhere in your upper body, including your jaw, neck, shoulders, chest, upper back, or arms.
- The discomfort may be a feeling of fullness, heaviness, pressure, burning, numbness, tingling, tightness, soreness or pain. Some people confuse the discomfort with indigestion.
- Angina discomfort is temporary. Chest discomfort or pain during an angina attack usually lasts less than 5 minutes and will go away with rest and/or medication.
- Exercise, stress, a full stomach, smoking or cold temperatures can bring on an attack of angina.
- It can also occur for no apparent reason. Sometimes angina will disappear on its own if you sit down and relax.
If you are experiencing chest discomfort or another symptom that you believe to be angina, contact a Banner Heart Treatment Center to be diagnosed by an experienced cardiac physician.
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