You may feel pressure, squeezing, burning, or tightness in your chest. You may also have pressure, squeezing, burning, or tightness in your arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, throat, or back.
Some patients (especially women, older people, and people with diabetes) may have different symptoms, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, and back, arm, or neck pain.
You may also have indigestion or be sick to your stomach. You may feel tired and be short of breath, sweaty, lightheaded, or weak.
Most times, people have angina when out in cold weather or during physical activity, such as climbing stairs, walking uphill, lifting something heavy, or having sex.
Sit, stay calm, and rest. Your symptoms will often go away soon after you stop activity.
If you do not have nitroglycerin and your symptoms are not gone after resting for 5 minutes, call 911 right away.
Your doctor may have prescribed nitroglycerin tablets or spray for severe attacks. Sit or lie down when you use your nitroglycerin.
Wait 5 minutes after the first dose of nitroglycerin. If your symptoms are not better, are worse, or return after going away call 911 right away. (The operator who answers will give you further advice about what to do.)
(Note: your doctor may have given you different advice about taking nitroglycerin when you have chest pain or pressure.)
Do not smoke, eat, or drink for 5 to 10 minutes after taking nitroglycerin. If you do smoke, you should try to quit. Your doctor can help you.
After your symptoms have gone away, write down a few details about the event. Keep a record of:
Ask yourself some questions:
Share this information with your doctor at your regular visits.
Try not to do activities that put a strain on your heart. Your doctor may prescribe a nitroglycerin medicine for you to take before an activity, to prevent symptoms.
Call 911 if your angina pain:
Call your doctor if: