Angina is another term for chest pain, according to Mayo Clinic. Along with pain in the chest, angina pain can sometimes be felt in the arms, jaw, neck, back or shoulder, and it can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness and sweating.
Some sufferers describe angina pain as a feeling of fullness in the center of the chest, or as squeezing or pressure in the chest. Others describe the pain of angina as the feeling of a heavy weight sitting on the chest or a vise squeezing the chest. Angina pain can also be milder and mimic the pain of indigestion or heartburn, states Mayo Clinic.
Some people have so-called stable angina, which develops when they climb stairs or exercise. This type of angina lasts just a few minutes and may be anticipated by those who have experienced it regularly before. It may also go away when the sufferer uses angina medication. However, unstable angina is a medical emergency. This type of unexpected pain occurs even when resting and is unexpected. It usually lasts longer and does not disappear with the use of angina medications. Unstable angina can be a symptom of a pending heart attack or a heart attack in progress.
When angina is a new symptom, evaluation by a medical professional is important. This is true for worsening angina that has already been evaluated.