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What Is Angina?

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Angina is the most common symptom of coronary artery disease and is also known simply as chest pain. It can be described as a discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing or painful feeling due to coronary heart disease. Angina is usually felt in the chest, but may also be felt in the shoulders, arms, neck, throat, jaw or back. Did you know that there are three types of angina?

Stable Angina

Stable angina is predictable chest pain that is often caused by exercise, a large meal, cold weather, or stress. Although less serious than unstable angina, it can be very painful or uncomfortable.

Unstable Angina

Unstable angina is a type of acute chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn't get enough oxygen. It can be a warning sign of a heart attack. Unstable angina occurs without cause, lasts longer than 15-20 minutes, and may occur with a drop in blood pressure or significant shortness of breath.

Variant Angina

Variant angina can occur at rest or when exposed to cold temperatures. It is caused by decreased blood flow to the heart muscle from a spasm of the coronary artery. The majority of people with this type of angina also have coronary artery disease.

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Drexel Cardiology provides outstanding heart care and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, while adhering to the highest standards of patient care. Our cardiologists specialize in heart attack, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, irregular heartbeats and advanced heart failure. Drexel Cardiology also offers comprehensive risk assessment to those who wish to prevent cardiac disease before symptoms arise.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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