Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles. It's not usually life threatening, but it's a warning sign that you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.


Angina is where you have attacks of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to your heart.


The main symptom of angina is a tight, dull or heavy pain in your chest.


The main treatments for angina are medicines to treat angina attacks when they happen and prevent further attacks. Some people may need surgery.


Angina is usually caused by the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscles becoming narrowed by a build-up of fatty substances.

Page last reviewed: 23/03/2018
Next review due: 23/03/2021