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10 Things You Should Know About Angina

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10 Things You Should Know About Angina

10 Things You Need to Know About Angina
by John Cibulka

Angina

–  is characterized by pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest area.

– the pain may radiate outward from the chest to other areas, such as the arms.

–  is caused by nerve receptors in the heart in response to low blood supply to the heart.

–  is experienced generally (though not always) during exertion, or exercise and may be relieved by resting.

–  the pain can be moderate to severe, feel like heartburn, and may be felt in the jaw, neck, or even the back.

–  angina occurs when plaque, a fatty build up, has blocked, or partially blocked, one of the coronary arteries.

– angina is a sign that you may have Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  It is your body’s way of saying, “We have a problem, Houston”.

–  some people may experience angina while at rest or in addition with other symptoms, such as shortness of breath.  This is known as unstable angina.

–  chest discomfort which lasts longer than 5 or 10 minutes and is not relieved by rest may be a heart attack, and should be treated as an emergency.  Call 911.

–  angina is a sign of a serious medical issue, and you should talk to your doctor about it immediately, sooner rather than later.

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