Symptoms Based on TypeWhile these are the general signs of angina, symptoms can also vary based on the type of angina a person has (stable, unstable, or variant angina).
The pain or discomfort associated with stable angina:
- Occurs when the heart must work harder, usually during physical exertion
- Is expected, and episodes of pain tend to be alike
- Usually lasts a short time (five minutes or less)
- Is relieved by rest or medicine
- May feel like gas or indigestion
- May feel like chest pain that spreads to the arms, back, or other areas.
The pain or discomfort associated with unstable angina:
- Often occurs at rest, while sleeping at night, or with little physical exertion
- Is unexpected
- Is more severe and lasts longer (as long as 30 minutes) than episodes of stable angina
- Is usually not relieved with rest or medicine
- May get continuously worse
- May signal that a heart attack will happen soon.
Variant Angina Symptoms
The pain or discomfort associated with variant angina:
- Usually occurs at rest and during the night or early morning hours
- Tends to be severe
- Is relieved by angina medicine.
Chest pain that lasts longer than a few minutes and that is not relieved by rest or angina medicine may mean you are having -- or are about to have -- a heart attack. Call 911 right away if you experience this type of pain.