Chest Pain | Angina

Many things that can cause chest pain, such as digestive, heart or lung problems. Chest pain is common. People with chest pain often worry they are having a heart attack.

Heart attacks are emergencies that require immediate care.

Call 911, if the pain feels crushing or tightening like a weight on your chest.

People suffering a heart attack also become dizzy, feel nauseous and have a racing heart.

What is chest pain?

Chest pain can result from issues relating to the heart, digestion, the lungs, muscles or bones.

The pain does not necessarily mean you are having a heart attack. Some cases of pain can affect the neck, jaw, back and arms.

When chest pain is angina

Angina is a very common cause of chest pain.

It is a sign of coronary artery disease, which restricts blood flow to the heart. Be sure to get screened for heart issues if you experience frequent chest pain. It could be angina.

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Angina Symptoms

Chest Tightness Can Be Angina Symptom

Symptoms of angina include a sense of squeezing, pressure, heaviness and tightness in the chest.

The pain can come on suddenly. It can come and go over time.

It often comes on with physical activity.

Angina Diagnosis

Stress Tests and Blood Tests are Diagnostic Tools

The only way to determine the cause of chest pain is to be physically examined by a provider, who also may order tests that include:    

  • Electrocardiograms

  • Stress tests

  • Blood tests

  • CT angiographies

  • X-rays    

Frequent or unexplained chest pain should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.

 

Angina Treatment

Angioplasty Can Help Treat Angina

Angina can be treated by making lifestyle changes, taking medication and undergoing an angioplasty or surgery. Ask your doctor about dietary changes that can help to prevent chest pain and angina. Talk about what kinds of exercises and physical activity can improve your health.

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