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Angina

Definition

Angina is a type of chest discomfort due to poor blood flow through the blood vessels (coronary vessels) of the heart muscle (myocardium).

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Symptoms

Some patients (especially women, the elderly, and people with diabetes) have unusual symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Jaw, arm, or back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness

Review Date: 6/21/2010
Reviewed By: Michael A. Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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