Angina is a condition that affects your heart and cardiovascular system. It is caused by a restricted blood flow to the heart and causes a handful of symptoms.
While it isn’t usually fatal, it can lead to more severe heart problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Angina can, occasionally, be a signal of something larger. For example, coronary microvascular disease – a condition that affects the smaller arteries leaving the heart. Interestingly, angina is a condition that affects women more than men.
This article will run through all the angina symptoms you could expect. As with all our blog content about heart health, it is hoped that providing knowledge about various symptoms and issues might give you a better idea of what to look out for and when to seek help.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a closer look at the most common angina symptoms:
- The main symptom is Chest Pain. This can manifest at varying rates of severity. It might be angina if the pain is;
- Dull and Weighty (Although some people experience sharp, stabbing pains – mainly women)
- Extending to arms, neck, back or jaw.
- Exacerbated by stress or physical activity.
- Disappears after a few moments of rest.
- Pains in the lower chest and stomach, like indigestion.
It is important to note that some people have these symptoms without chest pains. Also, each symptom will vary from person to person.
What should I do when I experience these symptoms?
If you are experiencing new chest pains, feel free to contact Venturi Cardiology, even if it is just for peace of mind. We especially recommend this if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms. Our experts will work to help you feel comforted and secure whilst giving advice on how to proceed.
If you have a pre-existing diagnosis of angina, then the best thing you can do is rest. This should alleviate your symptoms and allow you to continue with your day. If the rest does not help reduce the pain, then take the medication you have been prescribed. These meds might be glyceryl trinitrate or GTN spray. After 5 minutes, if these haven’t worked, take another dose. If another 5 minutes go past without any relief, then don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Accident and Emergency Centre.