What is Angina ?
What does angina mean?1
Angina, also called angina pectoris, is a type of chest pain or discomfort caused by an imbalance between what your heart needs in oxygen (oxygen demand) and what your heart receives in oxygen (oxygen supply). In other words, it’s when your heart isn’t receiving enough oxygen-rich blood.
It feels like pain, pressure, tightness, or discomfort in your chest but can also express itself in your arms, back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or tummy.
≤ 10 minin the majority of cases (a few minutes or less)
1.6%of the world's population is living with angina3
In Western countries:
30 000 - 40 000 peopleper million have chronic stable angina4
What are the 4 types of angina?1,5
4(also called Prinzmetal angina)
|what is the cause?|
|Usually caused by fatty deposits (also called atherosclerosis) in your arteries or blood clots partially reducing the blood flow to your heart||Caused by spasms in the small arteries reducing the blood flow to your heart||Caused by a sudden spasm in the arteries of your heart reducing the blood ﬂow to your heart|
|is there a triggering factor?|
|Happens because of a trigger (physical activity, emotional stress, heavy meal etc)||Happens with or without a trigger (even at rest)||Happens with or without a trigger (even at rest)||Usually happens between midnight and early morning while you are at rest|
|is it predictable?|
|how is it relieved?|
|<2-10 min||'Usually <20 min'||Lasts longer than other types of angina||'Usually <15 min'|
|how long does it last?|
|By rest or angina medicines||Can continue despite resting or medicines||Can continue despite resting or medicines||By angina medicines|
What does it look like in your blood vessels?
Coronary artery diseaseFatty deposits in the artery
Stable and unstable anginaFatty deposits in the artery or blood clots partially reducing the blood flow to the heart
Microvascular angina and variant anginaSpasms reducing the blood flow to the heart
Heart attackObstruction caused by fatty deposits and blood clots
If you experience any chest pain, STOP whatever you are doing and follow you doctor's advice!
What are the multiple faces of angina?1,6
Depending on the type of angina you have been diagnosed with and your risk factors, the symptoms vary from person to person in terms of location, frequency, and severity. Chest pain, chest tightness/heaviness, and fatigue are the main symptoms.
Up to 25%
Angina can express itself in many ways. Always tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms, even if they don’t bother you too much.