Last Updated on Jan 25, 2020

Chest Pain - Angina

Angina is chest pain that is the result of coronary artery disease caused by blockages in the arteries that supply the heart.

Angina can cause discomfort during activities such as walking, exercising, cleaning or climbing stairs. The pain may radiate to the neck and arms and may cause sweating or breathlessness. If the pain is mild it may go away after a while. Severe form of angina can be treated with nitroglycerine.

What is Angina?

In some people the angina arrives while exerting at a certain level of activity and subsides once the activity is over. This is called stable angina. But when there are a lot of variations in the arrival of the pain and its going away, it is referred to as unstable angina. This variety is more dangerous.

Angina in a resting person, sudden or frequent episodes of angina with little exertion and angina that does not go away require immediate medical attention.

The doctor may check if the following risk factors are present:

The doctor usually asks for an ECG and a stress test or a treadmill test. Sometimes cardiac catheterization may also be needed to do an angiogram study of coronary artery to look for blockages that maybe the cause for the angina.

Very often angina-related heart disease is controlled with medicines such as beta blockers, nitrates and calcium channel blockers. Sometimes the condition may have to be rectified surgically through methods such as angioplasty or by-pass surgery. This is something that the cardiologist (heart doctor) will help to decide.

Heart diseases are mostly preventable by monitoring and controlling the risk factors.(4)

Reference:

  1. Chest Pain or Discomfort - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK416/)
  2. Gender Matters: Heart Disease Risk in Women - (https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/gender-matters-heart-disease-risk-in-women)
  3. Chest Pain - Children - (https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/c/chest)
  4. Angina (Chest Pain) - (https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/angina-chest-pain)
  5. Musculoskeletal Chest Wall Pain - (https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/august/musculoskeletal-chest-wall-pain/)
  6. Angina and Other Causes of Chest Pain - (http://www.secondscount.org/heart-condition-centers/info-detail-2/whats-causing-your-chest-pain-2#.XiWSKMgzbIU )
  7. Other Conditions May be Causes of Chest Pain - (https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/other-conditions-may-be-causes-of-chest-pain)
  8. Chest pain - (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/chest-pain)

Comments

Bensput Friday, October 27, 2017

Hi. For my mother 53 years old, we have already consulted a cardiologist 2 years ago. Did echo test, treadmill test, ECG, all reports normal. Cardiologist diagnosed PSVT and given DILZEM-SR to take daily one tablet. Palpitation of heart stopped with that, but chest pain on left side is severe, feel too much heaviness in the chest while sleeping or lying down. Which specialist we should visit? Kindly advise.

joel101 Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I have been having pains in my left chest for over a year now and have not seen a doctor to complain!I am afraid of this!I have stopped smoking for two years now but still drinks

CrazyBasenjiLady Friday, February 1, 2013

I have sudden sharp pain in my chest and then it goes away. It doesn't happen every day and it isn't associated with any other symptom. I plan to tell my doctor at my next visit, but he'll send me to the same old cardiologist who makes me feel like a waste of time.

tonicasweetzz Friday, March 15, 2013

it could be Precordial Catch Syndrome research it or angina

syras Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The typical symptoms of Chest pain are:
Chest “tightness,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.” People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it’s often hard to define its exact location.
Shortness of breath. Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling
A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.

syras Monday, October 11, 2010

The typical symptoms of chest pain in women are:
Chest “tightness,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.”  People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it’s often hard to define its exact location.
Shortness of breath.Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling
A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.

Most Popular on Medindia