Angina: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/11/2020

Angina is a term that refers to the symptom of heart pain that is related to a reduction in delivery of required oxygen to the muscles of the heart.

Signs and symptoms of angina are sometimes described differently by different people. These descriptions of symptoms include chest pain that may be felt as fullness, crushing, burning, squeezing, heaviness, or a dull ache. The symptoms are often brought on by exercise or exertion. Other associated symptoms and signs can include

Causes of angina

Inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle causes angina. Coronary artery disease is most often the cause of angina.

Other angina symptoms and signs


In the U.S., 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. See Answer

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