STEP 7 Angina is pain or pressure you feel in your chest when your heart muscle does not get enough blood. It can feel like tightness or squeezing in the chest area. Some angina patients report that it feels like a weight has been placed on their chest. Angina can be a sign of coronary artery disease, which happens when the blood flow to the heart becomes blocked by the build-up of plaque in the coronary arteries. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of cardiovascular disease. There are three types of angina: stable, unstable, and variant. Stable angina is the most common type and occurs usually when you exert yourself. It goes away with rest, or the use of angina medication. Unstable angina is less common and more serious. It is unpredictable, more severe, and does not go away with rest. It can be the sign of an impending heart attack. Variant angina is rare—only about 2% of people with angina have this type. Variant angina usually occurs when you’re resting and is severe, but usually goes away with the use of angina medication. 40 What Is Angina?
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