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Signs of Angina

Symptoms of Angina

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Angina may include:

Note that Angina symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Angina signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Angina:

Facts About Heart Disease and Women: NHLBI (Excerpt)

The first symptom of coronary heart disease may be chest (Source: excerpt from Facts About Heart Disease and Women: NHLBI)

Facts About Heart Disease and Women: NHLBI (Excerpt)

A reduced blood flow to the heart can cause symptoms other (Source: excerpt from Facts About Heart Disease and Women: NHLBI)

Frequently Asked Questions About Heart Attack: NHLBI (Excerpt)

An episode of angina is NOT a heart attack. However, people with angina report having a hard time telling the difference between angina symptoms and heart attack symptoms. Angina is a recurring pain or discomfort in the chest that happens when some part of the heart does not receive enough blood temporarily. A person may notice it during exertion (such as in climbing stairs). It is usually relieved within a few minutes by resting or by taking prescribed angina medicine. People who have been diagnosed with angina have a greater risk of a heart attack than do other people. (Source: excerpt from Frequently Asked Questions About Heart Attack: NHLBI)


Angina feels like a pressing or squeezing pain, usually in the chest under the breast bone, but sometimes in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaws, or back. Angina is usually precipitated by exertion. It is usually relieved within a few minutes by resting or by taking prescribed angina medicine. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, ANGINA: NHLBI)


When someone has a repeating but stable pattern of angina, an episode of angina does not mean that a heart attack is about to happen. Angina means that there is underlying coronary heart disease. Patients with angina are at an increased risk of heart attack compared with those who have no symptoms of cardiovascular disease, but the episode of angina is not a signal that a heart attack is about to happen. In contrast, when the pattern of angina changes--if episodes become more frequent, last longer, or occur without exercise--the risk of heart attack in subsequent days or weeks is much higher. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, ANGINA: NHLBI)

Angina: NWHIC (Excerpt)

People with angina usually feel discomfort (often a pressure-like pain) in or around the chest, shoulders, jaw, neck, back or arms. It may feel like a squeezing, pressing sensation in the chest. Angina pain is usually caused and made worse by exercise and eased by rest. The pain usually lasts 2-5 minutes. If you have this kind of chest pain, you should contact your health care provider. You can take medicine that will help your angina. If you suspect you might be having a heart attack (see warning signs below), call or have someone else call 9-1-1. (Source: excerpt from Angina: NWHIC)

Angina: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Here are some signs that your angina is very serious and you may be having a heart attack. If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • Pain or discomfort that is very bad, gets worse, and lasts longer than 20 minutes.

  • Pain or discomfort along with weakness, feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, or fainting.

  • Pain or discomfort that does not go away when you take angina medicine.

  • Pain or discomfort that is worse than you have ever had before.

(Source: excerpt from Angina: NWHIC)

More Symptoms of Angina:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Angina article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Angina?

The phrase "signs of Angina" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Angina that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Angina" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Angina.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Angina. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Angina has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Angina signs or Angina symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Angina may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Angina symptoms.


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