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.
What does an angina attack feel like?
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 are the symptoms of angina in a woman?
Angina symptoms include:
- Chest pain or discomfort, possibly described as pressure, squeezing, burning or fullness.
- Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back accompanying chest pain.
- Shortness of breath.
Can you die from angina?
Can you die from angina? No, because angina is a symptom, not a disease or condition. However, this symptom is a sign of coronary artery disease, which means you may be at increased risk of a heart attack — and heart attacks can be life-threatening.