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With treatment and healthy lifestyle changes, it’s possible to control angina and reduce the risk of these more serious problems.
The main symptom of angina is chest pain.
Chest pain caused by angina usually:
- feels tight, dull or heavy – it may spread to your left arm, neck, jaw or back
- is triggered by physical exertion or stress
- stops within a few minutes of resting
Sometimes there might be other symptoms like feeling sick or breathless.
Read more about the symptoms of angina.
When to get medical help
If you haven’t been diagnosed with angina, get an urgent GP appointment if you have an attack of chest pain that stops within a few minutes of resting.
They can check if it might be a heart problem and refer you to a hospital for tests.
Read more about how angina is diagnosed.
Call 999 for an ambulance if you have chest pain that doesn’t stop after a few minutes – this could be a heart attack.
There are 2 main types of angina you can be diagnosed with:
- stable angina (more common) – attacks have a trigger (such as stress or exercise) and stop within a few minutes of resting
- unstable angina (more serious) – attacks are more unpredictable (they may not have a trigger) and can continue despite resting
Some people develop unstable angina after having stable angina.