The most common symptoms of
coronary artery disease are angina (say "ANN-juh-nuh" or "ann-JY-nuh") and shortness of breath when exercising or doing other vigorous activity. Women are somewhat more likely than men to have other symptoms like nausea and back or jaw pain.
Angina symptoms include chest pain or pressure or a strange feeling in the chest. This feeling can be in areas other than the chest, such as in the neck or jaw. Angina can be stable or unstable.
Stable angina has a typical pattern. You can likely predict when it will happen. It happens
when your heart is working harder and needs more oxygen, such as during exercise. Symptoms go
away when you rest or take nitroglycerin.
Unstable angina is a change in your usual pattern of
stable angina. It is a warning sign that a heart attack may soon occur. It is an
Some people don't have any symptoms. This is called "silent ischemia." In rare cases, you can even have a "silent heart attack," a heart attack without symptoms.
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September 30, 2014
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