Angina Symptoms

The symptoms of angina may vary

Angina Symptoms will vary from person to personAngina Symptoms will vary from person to person. The symptoms may even vary with each episode. They can include a tightness, pressure, aching, or burning behind the breastbone. This sensation may spread or radiate to the arms, neck, jaw, back, or between the shoulder blades.

Other symptoms may include nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, or weakness.

What Causes Angina?

Angina is caused by a shortage of oxygen and other nutrients reaching the heart muscle. The pain of angina is produced when the heart muscle is starved of oxygen, a condition called ischemia.

Angina occurs most often when the coronary arteries of your heart become narrowed or clogged with deposits of fatty plaque-like substances. This disease is called atherosclerosis.

What Should You Do if You Experience Angina?

If you think you are experiencing Angina Symptoms, you should follow these steps:

  • STOP what you are doing. SIT DOWN AND REST
  • If the symptoms are not gone in 2 to 3 minutes, place a nitroglycerin tablet under your tongue and let it dissolve. You may feel a slight sense of stinging or burning under your tongue, this means the nitroglycerin is working to help relieve your angina
  • Wait for 3 to 5 minutes. If your angina is still present, take a second nitroglycerin tablet
  • Again, wait for 3 to 5 minutes. If the symptoms remain, take a third nitroglycerin tablet

If your angina has not subsided after the third nitroglycerin tablet or after 15 minutes since you first began experiencing discomfort, call an ambulance or have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room.


The information contained on this site has been designed as a comprehensive guide to the medical benefits of Vedic Meditation and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

This information, therefore, is not intended for use in diagnosis or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concerns, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively.

Always seek the advice of your health professional prior to any adjustment of your medication.

In this section

What is Angina
Angina Prevention is Better than Any Cure
The Best Treatment for Angina is a Change in Lifestyle
Different Types of Angina – Stable and Unstable
Angina Symptoms – You are here
Angina Diagnosis | Not all Chest Pain is From the Heart

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