Could Your Chest Pain Be Angina?

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Hi, I'm Dr. Darria long Gillespie. You've probably heard of angina before, but do you really know what it is? Angina is temporary pain or discomfort in the chest that occurs when not enough oxygen reaches your heart muscle. It's the most typical symptom of heart disease. Approximately 9.8 million Americans suffer from angina.

While angina does not always mean that you're having a heart attack, it can be a significant warning signal to say that you are at higher risk of having one. Angina is especially concerning if your symptoms of angina are new, become increasingly frequent or come on while it rest.

Typical symptoms of angina includes a sharp or dull pain, tightness, pressure, squeezing or burning sensation in the chest, pain in your arms, neck, jaw or shoulder. Aching in your left arm, shortness of breath, perspiration, nausea and fatigue. Anxiety and dizziness can also be signs of angina.

If you have these symptoms check with your doctor. You may need medication or even other therapies. In most people, medication combined with a healthy lifestyle can help you manage chronic angina symptoms. I'm Dr. Darria. For more ways to protect your heart health, watch all our smart tips.