What is angina?
It may start as just discomfort … a pain in your shoulder, arms, or jaw. It can even feel like indigestion. But chest pain, known as angina, is the sign of something more serious. Caused by a lack of blood to the heart, angina can escalate into more severe pain or a squeezing sensation in your chest.
Angina is a symptom that something is wrong with your cardiovascular system. It’s most likely caused by coronary heart disease due to buildup of plaque in the arteries. Having uncontrolled high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, poor diet, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and a family history of heart disease put you at higher risk for angina. Smoking, advanced age, being overweight, and leading an inactive lifestyle are also significant risk factors.