Angina is also known as angina pectoris, but it’s not the same thing. Many people who have angina say that the pain is like squeezing, tightness, heaviness, or pain in the chest. It might feel like a big weight is on your chest. New pain that needs to be checked by a doctor, or pain that gets better with treatment. 

Angina is a common type of chest pain, but it can be hard to tell from other types of chest pain, like the pain caused by indigestion. The first thing to do if you have chest pain that you don’t know is to go to the doctor.

 

Common signs and symptoms of angina 

  • Pain in the chest or a feeling of weight or crushing on the chest
  • In this case, there is a pain in the jaw, arms, neck, and throat as well as in the stomach area, shoulder or back. There is also chest tightness that comes with the pain.
  • Exhaustion
  • Shortness of breath, whether you’re working hard or just relaxing
  • Unknown sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness

Types of Anginas 

Angina can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Rest or medication can be used to alleviate symptoms, depending on what the cause is. 

  • Angina that is stable is the most prevalent type of angina is stable angina. Rest or angina medicine usually alleviates the symptoms, which typically occur during physical exertion. Angina, for example, can cause pain while you’re going up a hill or in the cold. Stable angina is characterized by predictable and often recurrences of chest discomfort. The ache in the chest usually only lasts a few minutes, if that long at all. 
  • Angina that is not steady (a medical emergency). Unstable angina can strike at any time, even when you’re lying down. Alternatively, the angina discomfort is getting worse and occurring with less physical exertion. It’s often more intense and lasts for a longer period of time than stable angina. There is no relief from rest or the typical angina treatments. An oxygen-starved heart causes a heart attack if blood flow does not improve. Angina that isn’t under control is life-threatening and should be treated right away. 
  • Angina of a different type (Prinzmetal angina). It is not known what causes Prinzmetal angina, a type of variant angina. It’s triggered by a short-term decrease in blood flow in the heart’s arteries. Variant angina is characterized by excruciating chest discomfort. It seems to happen in cycles, usually at night or while you’re sleeping. Angina medications may help alleviate the discomfort. 

Despite the use of a variety of drugs and lifestyle adjustments, angina attacks continue to occur if angina is refractory. 

Cardiology Clinic at Doral Health and Wellness wants to help people who have heart-related health problems get the help they need either for prevention or emergency cases. With state-of-the-art equipment and a great team of cardiologists and nurses, we offer non-invasive diagnostic tests that can help confirm the diagnosis of an underlying disease. These tests don’t require any surgery. As a heart health education and resource center, we give patients and their families the information they need to adapt to a new way of living. Our clinic also serves as a referral site for heart interventional therapy or surgery when it’s needed. Please call us at 347-868-1012.