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Angina — also called ischemic chest pain — is often described as a squeezing, pressure, or burning in the chest. It results from a lack of blood flow to the heart.
Angina may be a major sign of heart disease or indicate that you’re at risk for a heart attack. Take charge of your health and Find a Doctor at Dignity Health to learn about preventing and treating angina in Arizona.
Try our quick HeartAware Assessment to determine your risks.
Angina causes symptoms of pain, squeezing, fullness, or pressure in your chest, which may also be felt in the shoulders, neck, and jaw. It can also feel like heartburn. Angina during or after periods of physical activity or other stress on the body is called stable angina. It usually goes away when you rest. Unexpected chest pain while you are at rest is called unstable angina.
Our hospitals are Accredited Chest Pain Centers designated by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, meaning we provide a high level of expertise when you come to us with angina or heart attack symptoms.
Unstable angina is a medical emergency. Symptoms include:
These symptoms may warn of a heart attack. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Dignity Health emergency rooms are located throughout Arizona, so you’re covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Coronary artery disease (also called CAD, coronary heart disease, or simply, heart disease) is the most common cause of angina. CAD is the result of fatty buildup within the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries and makes it difficult for fresh, oxygen-rich blood to flow easily to the heart. The interruption in blood flow puts a strain on the heart muscle, and increases your risk of heart attack and heart failure.
Your doctor at Dignity Health will determine the location and timing of your chest pain. This helps distinguish stable from unstable angina.
A combination of tests help further diagnose angina and identify the underlying cause:
Our expert cardiologists relieve the pain of angina by treating its source — usually heart disease. Heart disease treatments include: