Overview

What is Angina?

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.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Angina?

The signs and symptoms of Angina include:

Chest pain/pressure (angina)

Chest pain/pressure (angina)

Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back

Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back

Dizziness

Dizziness

Fatigue

Fatigue

Nausea

Nausea

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath

Sweating

Sweating

Causes

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:

Smoking

Smoking

Diabetes

Diabetes

High blood pressure

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

High cholesterol

Family history

Family history

Stress

Stress

Lack of physical activity

Lack of physical activity

Diagnosis

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)

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

Stress test

Stress test

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