Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart and is a symptom of coronary artery disease. It's characterised by squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest.
What is Angina?
What are the signs of Angina?
The signs and symptoms of Angina include:
Chest pain/pressure (angina)
Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back
Shortness of breath
What are the causes of Angina?
Angina is caused by reduced blood flow to your heart. The most common cause of reduced blood flow to your heart muscle is coronary artery disease (CAD). Your heart (coronary) arteries can become narrowed by fatty deposits called plaques - a condition called atherosclerosis. Other risk factors include:
High blood pressure
Lack of physical activity
How do I know if I have Angina?
To diagnose angina, your doctor is likely to ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical examination and/ or request the following test:
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)