Nearly 10 million Americans have angina. Angina is the pain you feel when your heart does not get enough oxygen. This can be due to the build-up of fat and plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the heart.


Angina may not feel the same to all people.  It can feel like:

  • A tightness, pressure, burning, squeezing, numbness or pain in your chest and/or neck, jaw, teeth, back, shoulders or arms
  • Indigestions (heartburn)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or unusual fatigue
To lower your risk, you can:
  • Aim for activity 30-60 minutes each day
  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Talk to your nurse or doctor if you need to lower your:
    • high cholesterol
    • high blood sugar or diabetes
    • high triglycerides
    • high blood pressure
Your nurse or doctor can talk about medicines and other treatments that may be right for you.

Get Tough on Angina
This comprehensive booklet will help you understand and take control of your angina.

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Get Tough on Angina brochure
This brochure provides quick information about angina, including how to reduce attacks and how to cope with symptoms.

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Disclaimer: While PCNA strives to provide reliable, up-to-date health information, this and other PCNA education materials are for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your healthcare provider can diagnose and treat a medical problem.