What Is Angina Pectoris?

By kevin
Reviewed: Dr. Mera
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For many people, chest pain is a frightening and persistent fact of life. Chest pain, also known as angina pectoris, may show up at times of stress or exertion, or even without any warning at all.

Angina pectoris can be a symptom of more serious problems, and you should visit your doctor if you’re experiencing pain, tightness, or discomfort in your chest. Angina is often unsettling to those who experience it, as well as to their family, friends, and coworkers. Learning all you can about the condition is an important step toward managing your symptoms and reassuring those who care about you.

1. What Is Angina Pectoris?

Angina pectoris, more commonly called angina, refers to chest pain that is caused by limited blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina can be a symptom of coronary artery disease, which needs medical attention. If you are experiencing persistent pressure or aching in the center of your chest, you should see your doctor.

Pain from angina can differ from person to person and is often confused with the discomfort or pain caused by other conditions. Indigestion and heartburn are among the most common conditions confused with angina, and some pain from angina can be mistaken for digestive distress.

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