Poor blood flow to the heart causes chest pain known as angina or ischemic chest pain. People often describe the chest discomfort as squeezing, pressure, or burning. Angina is often an indicator of heart disease or a pending heart attack. Call 911 if you or someone you care for experiences symptoms of angina.
We believe quality heart care begins with healing, so cardiologists at Dignity Health Southern California are trained to get to the bottom of your angina pain. Find a Doctor today to begin specialized care for angina at five convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino.
When to Seek Emergency Care
Stable angina or angina pectoris may come and go with physical activity or body stress. Rest usually resolves stable angina pain. However, unexpected chest pain from no apparent reason (unstable angina) is always a medical emergency.
If you experience chest discomfort along with the symptoms below, dial 911:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Severe or sudden fatigue
- Cold sweats
What Causes Angina?
Angina is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying heart condition. Coronary heart disease, often shortened to heart disease, is the primary cause of angina. People with heart disease may have clogged arteries, which prevents adequate blood from flowing to the heart. This decreased blood flow causes chest pain and puts you at risk for heart disease and other long-term complications.
Treating Chest Pain at Dignity Health Southern California
Our doctors relieve angina pain by treating the source, which is usually heart disease. Treatment for angina aims to ease the symptoms by strengthening the heart. Your cardiologist may use more than one type of therapy, including medication and lifestyle monitoring, to help your heart function with the least amount of strain.
Trusted cardiologists at Dignity Health Southern California are dedicated to your heart health. Our heart care services offer prevention, guidance, and long-term treatment options to help you maintain a healthy heart.
Dignity Health offers prompt medical care for angina in Southern California.