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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.

Read more on the NHS website.

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

Symptoms of angina

The main symptom of angina is chest pain.

Chest pain caused by angina usually:

Sometimes there might be other symptoms, like feeling sick or breathless.

Read more on the NHS website.

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

Medical treatments

You'll probably need to take several different medicines for the rest of your life.

You may be given medicine to:

  • treat attacks when they happen (only taken when needed)
  • prevent further attacks
  • reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes

If medicines are not suitable or do not help, an operation to improve blood flow to your heart muscles may be recommended.

Self-care

If it's well controlled, there's no reason why you cannot have a largely normal life with angina.

You can usually continue to do most of your normal activities.

One of the most important things you'll need to do is to make healthy lifestyle changes, such as:

This can help reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Read more on the NHS website.

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

Read more on the NHS website.