Causes & Symptoms of Angina Pain
Angina NarrowingIf you have stable angina, you should be able to predict what sort of activity will bring on an attack. Another type, unstable angina, is a more acute condition; it occurs unpredictably, even during rest, and should be interpreted as a warning sign of more serious heart trouble, such as an impending heart attack. A rare type called variant angina, which involves coronary artery spasms, often occurs at rest and may occur at regular times of the day.
Causes of Angina Pain
- Overload on the heart and therefore needs more oxygen than usual.
- Reduced blood supply to the heart by the coronary arteries.
- Blockage of the coronary arteries.
- Other triggers can be emotional stress, extreme cold or heat, heavy meals, alcohol, and cigarette smoking.
- Pain that is crushing, constricting, strangling, suffocating, sharp or burning,
- It is normally felt in the chest but may also occur in peripheral areas such as the jaw, shoulder, or arm.
- Location and specific sensations vary from person to person.
- Pain that occurs with exertion and recedes with rest.