Angina pectoris is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when there is insufficient oxygen supply to the heart. This is caused by narrowed coronary arteries, which results in inadequate blood flow. While angina does not mean you are having a heart attack, people with this problem may have a higher risk for a heart attack than someone who does not experience angina pains.
If you have angina pectoris, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about possible events that may trigger this chest pain. For many people, angina occurs with physical exertion, stressful events, smoking, or heavy meals.
Possible symptoms of angina may include pain or discomfort in your chest, shoulders, jaw, or neck.
(For more information on angina pectoris, click Angina. This full-length article offers information on the various types of angina, how to tell the difference between angina and a heart attack, and treatment options.)