We have decades of experience caring for patients with Angina Pectoris as part of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, pioneering minimally invasive treatments and leading research for new treatments to improve patient outcomes.
Angina is a warning sign that your heart muscle isn't getting enough oxygen-rich blood and is at risk for damage. Medicines, certain medical procedures, and lifestyle changes can help control angina. Talk with your healthcare provider about how to prevent angina and what to do if you get it.
Angina is often described as chest pain, but this can be misleading. Angina isn't always painful, and it isn’t always felt in the chest. Angina might feel like:
Discomfort, an aching, sharp, dull, or burning sensation, tightness or squeezing, or pressure that comes and goes. You may feel it in your chest, back, belly (abdomen), arm, shoulder, neck, or jaw.
Severe tiredness (fatigue) that gets worse, or feeling more tired than normal for no clear reason
Shortness of breath while doing something that used to be easy
Heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach (nausea), rapid heart rate, or sweating
Feeling lightheaded or fainting
Call 911 right away if any of your symptoms:
Lasts more than a few minutes
Goes away and comes back
Happens at rest and doesn't go away after taking nitroglycerin as prescribed by your healthcare provider
Keeps getting worse
You could be having a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction). Don't drive to the hospital yourself or have someone else drive you.
Angina usually happens during activity. It can also occur when you’re upset or after a large meal. Sometimes angina can happen when the weather is too hot or too cold. All of these things can put more stress on your body and your heart.
You may have unstable angina if angina:
Starts occurring more often
Happens even when you're resting, sleeping or doing little physical activity
Causes more discomfort
It’s a sign that your heart problem may be getting worse. You need to call your healthcare provider right away.