What are associated symptoms of angina?

Jack E. Dawson Jr., MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Central chest pains that may radiate into the arms, back or jaw are primary symptoms of angina. Shortness of breath, sweating and fatigue are angina equivalent symptoms representing energy being sapped from the circulation during the time of decreased heart function. Women may present with different symptoms from men, such as upper stomach aching, nervousness, dizziness or extreme tiredness. Both genders may show irritability and may experience insomnia.

While pain and discomfort are the main angina symptoms, nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), fatigue (tiredness), shortness of breath, sweating, light-headedness, or weakness also may occur. If you have chest pain, your doctor will want to find out whether it's angina.

This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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