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Stable Angina

Possible Symptoms

People with symptoms of stable angina 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. This pain usually lasts two to five minutes.
Other signs or symptoms can include:
  • Indigestion or heartburn-type sensation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weakness.

How Is It Diagnosed?

In order to make an angina diagnosis, your healthcare provider will ask a number of questions, perform a physical exam, looking for signs and symptoms, and recommend certain tests and/or procedures.
Not all chest pain is angina. Many other conditions can cause chest discomfort or pain, such as:
(Click Angina Diagnosis for more information.)

Treating Stable Angina

Treatment for stable angina can include changes to a person's lifestyle, medications, and special procedures. The treatment plan you and your doctor decide on will likely depend on your overall health, the extent of your condition, and your risk of problems in the future.
The goals of treatment are to:
  • Decrease how often symptoms occur and how severe they are
  • Prevent or lower the risk of heart attack and related death.
Lifestyle changes and medicine may be the only treatments for stable angina needed if your symptoms are mild and are not getting worse.
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