Do You Experience Sudden Chest Pain Or Angina?

John Gray

Chest pain or Angina is a precursor to cardiovascular disease. Angina occurs if an area of your heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen. There are several reasons why your heart muscle may not be getting enough oxygen:

  • Inner layers of the coronary arteries are damaged
  • High blood pressure
  • High amounts of sugar in blood
  • High amounts of certain fats and/or cholesterol in blood

When the arteries are damaged due to blockages there is reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. Plaque build up in the arteries can be hard which makes the arteries stiff and causes angina. Some plaque is soft and can break open causing blood clots and a possible heart attack.  

It is not uncommon for men and women to feel symptoms differently. Men report feeling pain in the chest, neck, and shoulders. Women often experience discomfort in their belly, neck, jaw, throat, or back. Angina usually goes away quickly, but it can be a symptom of a life-threatening heart problem. Since angina has so many possible symptoms and causes it is alway a good idea to seek medical attention when you experience:

  • Sudden chest pain and/or pressure
  • Squeezing feeling in chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating 
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea


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