Angina, also known as “typical chest pain”, is the type of symptom that occurs when a person is having a heart attack. The term describes a pressure or burning sensation that occurs in the center of the chest. This can radiate to the left shoulder and down the left arm, neck, and jaw. It is often accompanied by shortness of breath, lightheadedness, sweating, and nausea. Real angina rarely lasts for less than 5-10 minutes. If it happens with exercise and it’s relieved by rest in a predictable manner it is further defined as “stable angina”, if it happens while at rest or outside of any previously established pattern it is called “unstable angina”.
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