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Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle doesn't get enough blood. Angina may feel like pressure or a squeezing. It can be mild or it can be severe. The pain may also occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. You might not even have pain, but an unpleasant feeling in your chest and be short of breath. It may feel like indigestion.

If you have chest pain that lasts more 10 minutes call triple zero (000).

Angina usually occurs during exercise or stress. When it occurs at rest, perhaps even while your sleeping, and gets worse over time it is called unstable angina.

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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What is Angina? Learn the difference between angina and heart attack, types of angina and what to do if you have angina.

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Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused by insufficient blood flow and oxygen to the muscle of the heart.

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Angina can affect people in different ways and the symptoms may vary at different times. It usually lasts only a few minutes and can be relieved by rest and/or medicines.

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Angina Pectoris and Unstable Angina | myVMC

Angina pectoris and unstable angina is a condition of the coronary arteries the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle

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Heart conditions - angina

Angina attacks can be prompted by exertion or physical exercise, when the hard-working heart muscle requires greater amounts of oxygen.

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Angina pectoris - Lab Tests Online AU

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Coronary arteries -

The coronary arteries supply the heart muscle with oxygen so that it can work. If these vessels become narrowed, angina can result.

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Preventing heart disease (heart health) information video | myVMC

Heart problems like angina, stroke and heart attack, which are often hereditary, can be prevented using cholesterol lowering treatments.

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Aggrastat | myVMC

Aggrastat is used to treat unstable angina and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). It contains tirofiban hydrochloride.

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Adalat Oros | myVMC

Adalat Oros is a calcium-channel blocker widely used to treat mild to moderate hypertension and for prophylaxis in stable angina. It contains nifedipine.

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