Angina is the chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart doesn't get as much blood and oxygen as it needs. Over time, the coronary arteries that supply blood to your heart can become clogged from a buildup of cells, fats and cholesterol. This buildup is called plaque. If one or more arteries are partly clogged, not enough blood can flow through, and you can feel chest pain or discomfort. Angina may not cause long-term heart damage; it's a sign of heart disease. When a clogged artery keeps the heart from getting enough blood and oxygen, angina can occur.

What does angina feels like?

Angina usually lasts for just a few minutes. Here's how people say it feels:

When will I get angina?

You may get angina when you:

What tests might I have?

How is angina treated?

Your doctor may give you nitroglycerin, a medicine to relieve the discomfort. Nitroglycerin:

Be sure to ask you doctor, nurse or pharmacist about:

What can I do about angina?

Don't give into it! You can change your way of life and lower your chance of having angina attacks. A few simple steps can help you feel more comfortable every day. They are:

What can I do about angina?