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Angina itself is a symptom of CAD and the main symptoms of angina are pressure, squeezing, burning or tightness in the chest. Other general symptoms include pain in the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, throat or back, nausea, fatigue (tiredness), shortness of breath, sweating, light-headedness or weakness, rapid or irregular heartbeat and feeling of indigestion.
It is important to note that symptoms vary based on the type of angina. In stable angina, the pain occurs due to physical exertion usually lasting for short time (about 5 minutes or less) and are relieved by taking rest or medicine.
In unstable angina, the pain is severe and occurs while the patient is
at rest or sleeping lasting for a longer time (as long as 30 minutes)
and usually not relieved with rest or medicine.
Article by Kona Vishnu, MS
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