Angina pectoris symptoms

Pain in the chest

pain, tightness, chest discomfort that appears in physical exertion

Shortness of breath

shortness of breath sometimes accompanies angina

Pain in various parts of the body

the pain can radiate to the shoulders, arms, the lower jaw, or the neck

What is angina pectoris?

Angina pectoris is a sensation of pain in the front of the chest that appears in physical exertion and is relieved at rest

Angina is caused by insufficient blood supply to certain areas of the heart muscle (myocardium) and imaging tests show that blood flow to certain areas of the heart muscle is obstructed during exertion

Angina is usually caused by coronary artery narrowing or obstructions and is usually treated by coronary catheterization or bypass surgery, but there are cases in which angina pectoris exists with no findings of coronary obstructions

Angina pectoris is usually graded according to degree of severity

CCSI

Angina that appears only when performing physical activity with considerable strain (climbing stairs or fast walking) or extreme cases of mental pressure / stressful situations

CCS II

Angina that appears during moderate physical activity (difficulty climbing stairs of more than one floor or fast walking). This angina may also appear during mental pressure / stressful situations

CCS III

Angina that appears during basic physical activity with only minimal strain (difficulty walking more than 10 meters continuously, difficulty climbing stairs of more than one floor or fast walking)

CCS IV

Angina that appears during minimal strain, such as a short walk in on a plane, and sometimes also during rest

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Angina may also cause anxiety or fear of a dangerous heart attack whenever stress or chest discomfort occurs. The anxiety and fear associated with pain and physical limitation lead to lack of self-confidence and pessimism about the medical situation and may further aggravate the impairment in quality of life and functional status

Chronic angina pectoris is angina that occurs despite drug therapy and despite repeated attempts to treat coronary artery blockages by coronary catheterization or bypass surgery

Chronic angina pectoris restricts the ability to perform physical exertion, thereby impairing daily functioning and quality of life

What is chronic angina pectoris?

If you have undergone bypass surgery and coronary catheterization, and although you are treated with several drugs, you still suffer from angina during strain that impairs your daily functioning and causes you to seek medical help, your quality of life is poor, and you suffer from anxiety due to your condition, than you may be suffering from chronic angina pectoris (RFA: Refractory Angina) 

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