What are the symptoms of angina?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The main symptom of angina is chest pain or pressure. Symptoms may also include pain in the arms or back, shortness of breath, and nausea. Symptoms vary slightly depending on the type of angina that occurs. Stable angina is chest pain or pressure that occurs in a regular pattern and is related to exercise or stress. The pain often goes away once the physical activity stops. In people who have a pattern of stable angina, pain that varies from the pattern is unstable angina. Unstable angina pain often continues for a longer time than that of stable angina, and you cannot get it to go away simply resting or taking angina medication. Variant angina symptoms are sudden and occur when you are at rest. They may be more severe than other types of angina.

Symptoms of angina include pressure, tightness or a squeezing pain in your chest. You may also feel pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, arms or back. Women are more likely than men to feel the pain in the arms or back or simply to be short of breath. Usually, angina occurs during physical activity or stress, and goes away with rest.

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