When the heart does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood some discomfort called angina may be experienced. Angina is also caused by a spasm in the coronary artery. Angina is the heart's way of warning that it needs more oxygen.
Each person may experience any of the many different symptoms associated with angina.
- Pain, aching or discomfort
- Squeezing or cramping
- Numbness or tingling
- Shortness of breath Tightness
- Fullness or heaviness
- Sweating or dizziness
Symptoms may be felt in the chest, shoulders, upper back, arms, neck, throat or jaw. Angina can be triggered in times of stress, during vigorous physical activity, or after heavy meals. Never ignore angina. Rest and medication are both effective ways to relieve angina.