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Angina, also called ischemic chest pain, is chest pain caused by a lack of blood flow to the heart. It can feel like squeezing, pressure, or burning in your chest. Angina is a sign of heart disease and can signal risk of a heart attack.
If you’re worried about your heart health and risk of angina in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, our cardiology team at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals can help. Take our heart health assessment or Find a Doctor close to you today.
The pain, squeezing, fullness, or pressure you feel in your chest from angina may spread to your jaw, neck, and shoulders. 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. Angina that starts while you are at rest is called unstable angina.
Coronary artery disease (also called CAD, coronary heart disease, or heart disease) is the most common cause of angina. It is the result of fatty buildup within the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries and makes it harder for fresh, oxygenated blood to reach your heart. Coronary artery disease puts a strain on the heart and increases your risk of heart attack and heart failure.
Unstable angina is a medical emergency. Call 911 if you experience unstable angina or chest pain with any of the following symptoms:
These symptoms may warn of a heart attack. Prompt medical attention may save your life and help prevent or minimize long-term heart problems.
Your doctor may use a variety of tests to diagnose angina:
Doctors relieve angina pain by treating its cause, which is usually heart disease. Heart disease treatments include:
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals treat heart and vascular conditions, such as angina, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.