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Angina What You Need To Know
Aug 2018
Dr Sameer Gupta & Dr Sonia Lal Gupta
Interventional Cardiologist And Stroke Neurologist

Angina can be described as an acute discomfort that is felt in the chest. Patients often feel a clenching pain, ranging from a few seconds to minutes. It can be described as pressure, squeezing, burning or tightness in the chest. It usually starts behind the breastbone but it can also occur in the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, throat or back. Angina is usually a warning sign of problems in the heart and if neglected, it can lead to more health issues.

To be more precise, anginal pain occurs exactly when there is a shortage of blood flow to a certain part of your heart. Therefore, it can be linked to a heart disease. Anginal pain is related to coronary artery diseases and if you experience this type of pain, then you should head to your doctor immediately.

Types Of Angina
Though angina is just a symptom of heart-related diseases, it occurs at various frequencies and as different types. Here is a list of a few for better understanding.

Stable Angina: It is more likely to occur when blood supply to the heart muscle is reduced. This condition occurs when the coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked by atherosclerosis or by a blood clot. Coronary Artery Disease may also be the cause of stable angina pain. The pain usually occurs on exertion and decreases with rest.