Heart Attack

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that happens if an area of the heart does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood. Angina symptoms can be very similar to heart attack symptoms. Angina pain usually lasts for only a few minutes and goes away with rest. Heart attack pain, on the other hand, doesn’t go away. If you think you may be having a heart attack, or if your angina pain does not go away as usual when you take your angina medication as directed, call 9-1-1 for help.