Angina

Angina Summary
Angina is chest pain that is due to an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart muscle. Angina can be caused by coronary artery disease or spasm of the coronary arteries. EKG, exercise treadmill, stress echocardiography, stress thallium, and cardiac catheterization are important tests used in the diagnosis of angina.
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Angina facts

  • Angina is one of many causes of chest pain.
  • Angina is chest pain that is a result of inadequate oxygen supply to the heart muscle.
  • Angina can be caused by coronary artery disease or spasm of the coronary arteries.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), exercise stress test, stress echocardiography, stress thallium, and cardiac catheterization are important in the diagnosis of angina.
  • Treatment of angina includes rest, medications, angioplasty, and/or coronary artery bypass surgery.

Introduction to angina

Angina is one of the serious causes of chest pain. "Angina" is an abbreviation of angina pectoris, a Latin term for "squeezing of the chest." Chest pain is a common symptom caused by many different conditions. Some causes require prompt medical attention, such as angina, heart attack, blood clots in the lungs, or tearing of the aorta. Other causes of chest pain that may not require immediate medical intervention include spasm of the esophagus, gallbladder attack, or inflammation of the chest wall. An accurate diagnosis is important in providing proper treatment to patients with chest pain or acute coronary syndrome.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/10/2012

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