Angina Heart Symptoms
People with angina heart symptoms usually feel discomfort (often a pressure-like pain) in or around the chest, shoulders, jaw, neck, back, or arms. It may feel like a squeezing, pressing sensation in the chest that lasts from two to five minutes. These symptoms are usually caused and made worse by exercise and eased by rest.
Other symptoms of angina can include:
- Indigestion or heartburn-type sensations
- Shortness of breath
Chest discomfort is not always an angina heart symptom. For example, acid reflux (also known as heartburn), a panic attack, lung infection, or inflammation can also cause chest pain. However, because angina can be quite serious, if you have possible symptoms for the first time, call 911 immediately. For those people with a history of symptoms, talk with your doctor about what to do when symptoms occur. He or she is in the best position to understand your particular situation and give recommendations.
(Click Symptoms of Angina for a detailed list of angina signs and information about how to tell if you are having a heart attack.)