Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood.
It may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest.
The discomfort also can occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back.
Angina pain may even feel like indigestion.
How long do angina attacks last?
Usually lasts 5 minutes; rarely more than 15 minutes. Triggered by physical activity, emotional stress, heavy meals, extreme cold or hot weather. Relieved within 5 minutes by rest, nitroglycerin or both. Pain in the chest that may spread to the jaw, neck, arms, back or other areas.
What triggers angina?
Angina is caused by reduced blood flow to your heart muscle. Your blood carries oxygen, which your heart muscle needs to survive. When your heart muscle isn’t getting enough oxygen, it causes a condition called ischemia. The most common cause of reduced blood flow to your heart muscle is coronary artery disease (CAD).
What does angina feel like in a woman?
Angina (chest pain) is a warning sign of heart disease, and recognizing it and getting treated early may prevent a heart attack. Angina symptoms in women can also include feeling out of breath, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or sharp chest pain. Once the extra demand for blood and oxygen stops, so do the symptoms.
Can angina just go away?
If it’s angina, your symptoms usually ease or go away after a few minutes’ rest, or after taking the medicines your doctor or nurse has prescribed for you, such as glyceryl trinitrate medicine (GTN). If you’re having a heart attack, your symptoms are less likely to ease or go away after resting or taking medicines.