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Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina
|Angina: Most Common Areas of Pain
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Signs and symptoms of
- Chest pain (angina)—This may feel like heaviness, burning, choking, tightness, pressure, or squeezing, usually behind the breastbone, but sometimes starting or radiating into the arms, left shoulder, neck, back, teeth, or jaw.
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath particularly with physical exertion
The more signs and symptoms you have and the longer an episode of chest pain lasts (more than 15 minutes), the more likely it is that you are experiencing a heart attack, rather than an episode of angina. In this situation, seek medical care immediately.
American Heart Association website. Available at:
Braunwald E, Zipes D, Libby P.
Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine.
Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders; 2001