HomeWhat's NewVideosArticlesDownloadsCalendarWeb LinksSite MapO.R. Schedule
USC - University of Southern California Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Department InformationPatient's GuideFaculty & StaffAreas of ExpertiseDiseases & TreatmentsContact Us

Glossary of Terms

Angina/Angina Pectoris
The pain, discomfort, or symptoms associated with the heart muscle not getting enough blood and oxygen. Angina is not typically a sharp pain like that associated with, for example, hitting your thumb, but more of a pressure-like sensation. The classic description of angina is when the patient experiences pressure, usually on the front of the chest just underneath the breast bone, or to the left of the breast bone. The discomfort can travel to the neck or down the arm. Sometimes the patient will describe some numbness of the arm. The pain is usually brought on by some kind of stress or exercise and often dissipates with rest. Angina, however, can also be confused with indigestion, gallbladder symptoms, or in some cases, flu-like symptoms. Angina is not the same as having a heart attack but can be a waring sign of a potential heart attack.


Share and Bookmark

Featured Areas

Faculty and Staff | Patient's Guide | Areas of Expertise | Diseases & Treatments | Contact Us
Home | What's New | Videos | Articles | Downloads | Calendar | Web Links | Site Map

University of Southern California, 1520 San Pablo Street, HCC2 Suite 4300, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323.442.5849     Fax: 323.442.5956     E-mail: ctinfo@surgery.usc.edu
Copyright © USC Cardiothoracic Surgery