Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Heart Chest Pain Symptoms

Angina can cause a variety of symptoms. Chest pain is a common symptom of angina, but not all people with angina have chest pain.

The most common symptom of angina includes:

  • Chest pain:
    • Chest pain is often described as dull, heavy, squeezing, or pressure-like chest pain
    • Pain is usually located under the breastbone or on the left side of the chest
    • Pain usually lasts for longer than 20 minutes
    • Pain may be triggered by physical exertion
    • Pain is often relieved with rest

The chest pain from angina may spread to other locations.

Additional locations for angina pain include:

Additional symptoms of angina include:

A person with atypical angina does not have chest pain typical of classical angina, but has less common symptoms, such as weakness, faintness, sweating, and nausea.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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