Overview of Angina
Angina, or angina pectoris, is the discomfort or pain that occurs when a narrowed coronary artery decreases the blood supply to your heart muscle. People describe angina as discomfort, tightness, pressure, or pain in the chest, back, neck, shoulders, arms (especially the left arm), or jaw. These symptoms most often happen with increased activity or emotional stress.
Angina is a sign that your heart muscle isn't getting the oxygen it needs. It doesn't cause permanent damage to your heart — but it can be a warning of a heart attack. So even though some people experience angina for many years without ever having a heart attack, you should still take angina pain seriously.
Angina pain is often felt in the areas shown in red.
Angina in Depth
Learn more about angina from Intermountain's Patient Education Library:
Diagnostic Tests for Angina
Treatments for Angina
Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. Possible treatments include:
Services and Programs
Services and programs at Intermountain Heart Institute for patients with angina: