Angina pectoris


Overview

Angina is a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina (an-JIE-nuh or AN-juh-nuh) is a symptom of coronary artery disease.
Angina, also called angina pectoris, is often described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest. Some people with angina symptoms say angina feels like a vise squeezing their chest or a heavy weight lying on their chest. Angina may be a new pain that needs to be checked by a doctor, or recurring pain that goes away with treatment.
Although angina is relatively common, it can still be hard to distinguish from other types of chest pain, such as the discomfort of indigestion. If you have unexplained chest pain, seek medical attention right away.

Symptoms

Angina symptoms include chest pain and discomfort, possibly described as pressure, squeezing, burning or fullness.
You may also have pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back.
Other symptoms that you may have with angina include:
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue