What Does Angina Feel Like?

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CSA08
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   Posted 2/28/2015 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
It may sound like a stupid question, but for a few weeks I have had unusual sensations in the left half of my chest. I haven't felt any pain, and the sensations only last a few seconds when they happen.

The sensation can feel like a quick catch or a slight "poking" feeling. I have felt a tingly sensation before and last Sunday I felt a few seconds of what felt like slight heart burn (though it was toward the left side of my chest so I started worrying that it might have been angina.)

However, everything I've read says angina is usually quite painful or uncomfortable. I've also read that if it lasts less than a few minutes it is likely not angina.

Also, I do suffer from anxiety disorder, so it is possible that a lot of this is in my head. There was one week where I felt a "pain" in the right side of my abdomen. I spent a week thinking I had appendicitis and just knew I kept feeling it. Eventually, I figured out that I did not.

In this case, while my mind is telling me this is likely not angina and if I had it I would likely know it, I also think "what if it's like some sort of pre-angina feeling?"

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   Posted 2/28/2015 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
angina is painful. and very tight. usually nitrolingual spray or anginene is given under the tongue to aleviate it. i carry nitrolingual spray. but i have had a heart attack, double by-pass, so that is why i need it. check with ya dr. i feel anxiety is playing up here. i live with anxiety. check out the anxiety forum for tips, and the resource thread.
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CSA08
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   Posted 3/1/2015 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety is a good possibility. My anxiety has gotten steadily worse in the last 10-15 years. Officially diagnosed with GAD last year.

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   Posted 3/1/2015 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
me gad too. and panic disorder. with help it is manageable.
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CSA08
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   Posted 3/2/2015 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
After eating a hamburger tonight, I swallowed a bite that was a bit larger than normal. For the next 10-15 minutes I felt a slight discomfort in the left side of my chest. It went away and would come back almost rising and falling. It went away after taking a couple of antacid tablets.

Since the discomfort subsided under 15 minutes, there were no other symptoms, and seemed to respond to the antacid, I managed to calm myself. I did want to check and make sure this wasn't a troublesome sign.

I am assuming not angina or cardiac in nature (checked my pulse and it maintained a steady, normal beat during the incident.)

CSA08
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   Posted 3/2/2015 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
And just to be thorough, just a half hour before I did 30 minutes of aerobic exercise without any issue as well.

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   Posted 3/5/2015 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
all sorted. sometimes food absorbs a little slow.......the antacid has done the trick. some gastro osopogeal stuff can mimic what people think maybe heart attack symptoms.
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   Posted 3/6/2015 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
When I sent an e-mail to my primary care physician suggesting I might be experiencing angina he immediately telephoned me to ask why I was asking about it. Fast forward to a stress test which was inconclusive and my primary care physician's advice to go ahead and have an angiogram. The result: I had 2 90% blockages and one 60% blockage ... the dreaded "Widow Maker." The surgeon who inserted my stents told me "We usually see people like you ... in autopsy." When I doubt, I consult my primary care physician ... and his advice has always turned-out to be rock solid.
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   Posted 3/12/2015 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
So what are all the symptoms of angina?? I've recently had chest pain and went to the doc and was given an xray he said the problem was not in my chest but in my neck and it looked like I had been in a car wreck? Can angina do that? The only thing I had thought could've caused that would be my strenuous workouts. I've been on the muscle relaxers for a week now and my back neck and chest are killing me. If it's angina would it be a constant pain in my back or neck or would it come only with the chest pain? Today I tried running and I just couldn't because of all the pressure I was having. I'm praying this isn't angina and maybe just a pulled muscle or punched nerve? I'm 29 and have always worked out on a daily basis and I try and eat really healthy. Also I just had an EKG when all this first happened but they said everything looked good. I know angina can't show on an EKG but would angina cause other problems to the heart that would have showed up?

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   Posted 3/31/2015 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
<<<I had 2 90% blockages and one 60% blockage ... the dreaded "Widow Maker." The surgeon who inserted my stents told me "We usually see people like you ... in autopsy.">>>



I had a triple B-pass surgery done in 1999 when I was 41. Since then I have had 5 heart attacks and so far 13 stents in my heart..... I wonder what your surgeon would said to me?

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   Posted 4/4/2015 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
i reckon the surgeon would say your one tough bugger.
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