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
Angina that appears only when performing physical activity with considerable strain (climbing stairs or fast walking) or extreme cases of mental pressure / stressful situations
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
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)
Angina that appears during minimal strain, such as a short walk in on a plane, and sometimes also during rest
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)