Pain and discomfort are the main symptoms of angina. Angina is often described as pressure, squeezing, burning, or tightness in the chest. It usually starts in the chest behind the breastbone.
Pain from angina also can occur in the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, throat, or back. It may feel like indigestion.
Some people say that angina discomfort is hard to describe or that they can't tell exactly where the pain is coming from.
Symptoms such as nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), fatigue (tiredness), shortness of breath, sweating, light-headedness, or weakness also may occur. Women are more likely to feel discomfort in their back, shoulders, and abdomen.
Symptoms vary based on the type of angina.
The pain or discomfort:
Occurs when the heart must work harder, usually during physical exertion
Doesn't come as a surprise, and episodes of pain tend to be alike
Usually lasts a short time (5 minutes or less)
Is relieved by rest or medicine
May feel like gas or indigestion
May feel like chest pain that spreads to the arms, back, or other areas
The pain or discomfort:
Often occurs at rest, while sleeping at night, or with little physical exertion
Comes as a surprise
Is more severe and lasts longer (as long as 30 minutes) than episodes of stable angina
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