Re: New Member: Angina confusion
Hi, Angina is the response when there is poor blood flow to the heart and thus poor oxygen supply to the heart muscle. It's not unlike the pain felt in other body muscles when oxygen runs out. Of course it's far more critical in the heart than in the leg for example. Apart from a dull or heavy pain experienced in the central part of the chest, angina often causes a sort of tingling pain, extending along the nerves (?) of the arms (even to the hands), and sometimes to the neck and across the back. This is a different to the straight muscular pain due to poor oxygen. In my case the pain is never sharp, or focussed right on the heart.
It's worth mentioning that some ppl have severe heart disease, including blockages, and never experience angina. A friend on mine has had several heart attacks, several stents placed, and never once had angina.
Another form of angina can strike suddenly and unpredictably so proper medical tests and diagnosis is vital if you have any chest pain you are worried about. Many or most heart attacks are preceeded by some form of angina attack.
These are my personal views based mainly on my own experience with angina, others may have had quite different experiences.