Heart & Vascular Program

Heart Health

Diseases & Conditions: Angina

Angina is the pain or discomfort you feel when there is a decreased supply of oxygen-rich blood in your heart.

Angina affects people in different ways. It can occur when your heart is overworked from exercise, stress and extreme weather temperatures or even when you are resting. Only you know what your angina feels like, as people experience angina differently.

Some common descriptions of angina are:

  • Squeezing across your chest.
  • Chest tightness.
  • A feeling of burning, stabbing or dull pain behind your breast bone or chest.
  • Discomfort or abnormal weakness in your arms, jaw or shoulders.
  • Pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades.
  • Indigestion.
  • Shortness of breath.

The pain might be accompanied with nausea, vomiting or sweating.

Even if you have not been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, it is important to tell your family doctor if you have experienced any of the above signs and symptoms.