Heart Attack

Frequently Asked Questions

11. What is angina and how is it different from a heart attack?

Angina is a recurring pain or discomfort in the chest that happens when some part of the heart does not receive enough blood.

An episode of angina is not a heart attack. However, people with angina may have a hard time telling the difference between angina and heart attack symptoms. Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle does not get enough blood.

Angina may feel like pressure or a squeezing pain in your chest. The pain may also occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. It may also feel like indigestion. It is usually relieved within a few minutes by resting or by taking prescribed angina medicine.