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Angina pectoris (chest pain) is a symptom of coronary artery disease which people who experience this symptom feel discomfort, heaviness, aching, fullness, pressure, and painful feeling.   Now angina can be felt in the arms, shoulders, jaw, and throat.  If you have these types of pains in your chest please take notice of the pain and contact a medical professional. 

The cause of angina is due to the decrease of blood flow to an area of the heart.  With the decrease blood flow the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle cells is impaired.  The heart muscle has to use an alternative source of energy to perform the pumping of blood to the body.  Lactic acid is the by product of the alternative source of energy which builds in the muscles causing pain.

There are 3 types of angina:

Stable angina- Pain is predictable, present during exertion, and extreme emotional distress.  This type of angina goes away with rest.

Unstable angina- Can be a signal of an impending heart attack.  Occurs more frequently, last longer, and feels more severe.  Usually more intense medical treatment is required.

Prinzmetal’s angina- Occurs when you’re at rest, sleeping, or exposed to cold temperatures.  Symptoms are due to decrease blood flow to the heart muscle or spasm of the coronary artery.  Majority of people who have this type of angina also have coronary artery disease. 

Please be aware of how your body feels to help notice potential warnings that you’re body is giving you.



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