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Angina is chest pain or pressure caused by decreased blood flow to the heart. Pain may also be felt in the arms, jaw, or upper back.
The pain can be a signal that the heart is not getting enough oxygen. It is a sign of treatment needed to prevent a heart attack.

Angina can happen anytime, but is more common with:
  • • Work, exercise, or activity
  • • Eating a large meal
  • • Smoking or using tobacco
  • • Very hot or cold temperatures
  • • Emotional or stressful events

  • Signs of Angina are much like the signs of a heart attack.
    • • Pain or pressure, a feeling of tightness or heaviness in the chest, arms, jaw, shoulders, or neck
    • • Sweating
    • • Shortness of breath
    • • Nausea or vomiting
    • • Abdominal pain
    • • Feeling very tired, dizzy, or faint
    • • Some people have no signs
    • Angina will often ease when you stop what you are doing and rest. If a doctor has told you that you have
    • angina, you may be given medicine to take when you have pain. The medicine is called nitroglycerin.

    When to Seek Treatment
  • Call 911 if you:
    • • Are having signs and do not have medicine to treat angina.
    • • Have taken medicine, but the signs are not going away or have new signs that you have not had before.
    • • Sit or lie down until the emergency team arrives. Do not drive to the hospital or delay by calling your doctor.

  • You will be tested to see if you have a heart problem. You may be prescribed medicine or have other procedures to improve blood flow to your heart. Your doctor may also advise you to eat a low fat diet and exercise to improve heart health. If your doctor prescribes nitroglycerin, use the medicine as directed. Talk to a doctor about your care or any questions you have.
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