Angina is not a disease; it is most often a symptom of a heart problem.
Chronic angina is the most common kind of angina. Angina is chronic when it has been present for months or years without much change. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the heart problem that usually leads to chronic angina. CHD is also known as coronary artery disease (CAD).1-3
What is coronary heart disease?
- In CHD, the arteries of the heart become stiff and narrow, making it difficult for oxygen-rich blood to reach your heart muscle1,4
- This lack of oxygen can cause the pain and discomfort of angina1
- Angina is your heart's way of telling you it needs more oxygen1,4
Take action against your angina
- Speak with your cardiologist about your angina
- Let your cardiologist know what symptoms you are having
- Tell your cardiologist how angina affects all areas of your life
Together you and your cardiologist can talk about ways to manage your angina.