General symptoms of angina include:
- Discomfort or chest pain
- Arm, jaw, back, shoulder, and neck pain together with chest pain
- Breathing shortness
Some describe angina chest pain as if a vise was squeezing the chest, making them feel like heavy weights were placed on the chest. Depending on the regularity and intensity of the chest pain, there are different types of angina. Unstable angina is a sign of heart attack.
Stable Angina Signs
Stable angina occurs when your hurt is pumping harder than usual, such as during stair climbing or exercise. It is very predictable. Pain will be very similar to chest pain associated with other diseases. It lasts for a very short duration of time, approximately 5 or less minutes. It will disappear much sooner if angina medication or rest is taken. You may feel like you’re having indigestion. The pain can spread from the chest to the back, arms and other areas. Emotional stress and mental stress can trigger stable angina. If signs of stable angina worsen, it is important that you immediately seek medical attention.
Unstable Angina Signs and Symptoms
Unstable angina symptoms are foreboding of a medical emergency. The chest pain will continue even when you are resting. It will occur at a different intensity and frequency than your normal angina patterns. The chest pain will come upon you when you do not expect it. It is much more severe than stable angina pain and will last longer, potentially for up to thirty minutes. It will not resolve with the use of medication or by taking rest.
Signs and symptoms of unstable angina may signal that a heart attack is on its way. If you or a family member experiences one or more of unstable angina symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.