Though it can cause considerable pain, a heart attack is not to be confused with angina pectoris, which is a general term for pain in the chest. Recurrent angina may sometimes be a result of past heart attacks, according to WebMD.Continue Reading
A heart attack, known more technically as a myocardial infarction, is the result of impaired blood flow to a part of the heart, usually as a result of a blocked coronary artery, according to WebMD. The attack comes on over a period of seconds to hours, lasts for an indeterminate time and usually causes a great deal of pain in and around the chest. Sometimes, the pain radiates away from the chest and into the left arm or the jaw. A blocked coronary artery is a life-threatening condition and calls for immediate medical treatment.
Angina pectoris, sometimes just called angina, is a blanket term for any type of pain in the chest, whatever the cause. Some cases of chest pain are caused by a heart attack, while others may be a result of exhaustion, indigestion or pain from a heart that was damaged during a prior heart attack, according to WebMD. Any chest pain is potentially serious, and if the cause of pain is unknown, it is essential to seek medical attention at once.Learn more about Cardiac Health