Chest pain or discomfort occurs when a heart muscle does not get enough oxygen-rich blood. This discomfort is called an angina attack. Angina is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying heart problem such as coronary heart disease. Angina is a sign of a weak heart. However, not all chest pain or discomfort is angina or a sign of coronary heart disease. In this article, we will discuss how it feels like to have an angina attack, and its duration.
What are the symptoms of an angina attack?
People with angina attack often feel squeezing, pressure, heaviness, or tightness. This is followed by pressing and crushing pain in the chest under the breastbone. It feels like a heavy weight on the chest. People going through angina can also experience pain in the upper back, neck, ear lobes, or both arms. There can also be associated shortness of breath, fatigue, and weakness. Other symptoms that occur with angina include an aching or burning sensation, discomfort, dizziness, fatigue, fullness in the chest, upset stomach, vomiting, sweating, etc.
Though this is a broad list of symptoms that can happen to you during an angina attack, it may vary from person to person. Also, the symptoms of angina can be very similar to symptoms of a heart attack, and it is often difficult for a patient to differentiate between the two. If you experience any pain in your chest and around your heart, you must consult a doctor immediately rather than trying to self-diagnose.
How long does an angina attack last?
A research paper published in 2018 informs that angina is discomfort that lasts for less than 10 minutes. Another research paper published in 2017 informs that angina usually lasts more than a few minutes, greater than 30 to 60 seconds.
In some cases, the pain will go away and come back again after some time. Usually rest and medication helps in getting relief from the angina attack. However, severe cases of angina can be difficult to manage. It is better to seek immediate medical help to prevent the angina attack from getting worsen.
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