Angina is the term used to describe the pain you feel when arteries to your heart are blocked. Angina can be temporary, but it could be a warning sign for an impending heart attack.
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What Is Angina? Dr. Amy Epps: Angina is the symptom that you get when your arteries to your heart muscle are blocked. Angina is the pain, it's the discomfort, it's the pressure in the chest that is caused by blockage of the heart arteries to that muscle of your heart. Angina, A Warning Dr. Amy Epps: Angina could be temporary. It could be only when you exert yourself. When you exercise, you stress the heart, you raise your body pressure, you raise your heart rate, and that could cause narrowing of these heart arteries. And then when you rest, your heart rate comes down, your blood pressure comes down, and the artery is able to relax and dilate just a little bit, so that blood flow go down and the pain will resolve. So Angina does not necessarily mean you're having a heart attack, but it could certainly be a warning sign for heart attack that might be about to happen.
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