Angina is a serious warning sign. It is a message from your heart telling you that it is not getting enough blood and oxygen.
Angina can feel different to various people. It is frequently described as a squeezing pain, heaviness, or pressure across the chest or upper back. It can radiate to the neck or upper arm, and be associated with shortness of breath, nausea, or profuse sweating. Many experience it as indigestion or sometimes a toothache or aching jaw.
Angina may last only a few minutes or as many as a few hours. It is often relieved with rest or with nitroglycerin prescribed by a doctor. Angina often follows heavy exertion or mental stress. Unfortunately, only a lucky few have angina as an early sign of heart disease.
Since the symptoms for angina and a heart attack are similar, they are best treated as an emergency. The emergency rooms of the Health Alliance hospitals handle many cases of heart pain every day and can quickly determine the best course of action for your well being.
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