If you are feeling pain, pressure, tightness, or a squeezing sensation in the center of your chest, it could be due to angina. Angina or angina pectoris is a condition caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle.
There 4 different types of angina:
- Stable angina is the most common, and is usually triggered by stress or physical activity. This type of angina typically only lasts a few minutes then goes away. It can also be a sign that you could have a heart attack in the future, so it is important to see a medical professional about your symptoms.
- Unstable angina happens when you are at rest or not doing much physical activity. The pain from this type of angina is typically stronger, lasts longer, and is recurring. Unstable angina can be a sign that you are about to have a heart attack, and you should seek medical treatment immediately.
- Prinzmetal’s angina or variant angina is a rare type of angina that can happen during sleep or rest. This type of angina causes the heart’s arteries to tighten, producing a lot of pain.
- Microvascular angina can be a symptom of coronary microvascular disease and typically causes chest pain that lasts longer than 10 minutes and can even last up to 30 minutes.
Symptoms You Need to Know
Symptoms of angina can vary depending type and the sex of the person experiencing them, but for the most part, symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Pain in arms, neck, jaw, shoulder, or back along with chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Because it can be hard to distinguish the symptoms of angina from the symptoms of other serious heart conditions, you should seek medical treatment as soon as you begin experiencing them. If your chest pain lasts longer than a few minutes and does not ease with rest, it could be a sign of a heart attack, and you should call 911 immediately.
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