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What Brings On Angina?

Angina is often brought on by exertion or emotional stress.  Here are a few examples of situations that can cause angina to occur:

Exertion:  walking fast, climbing stairs, mowing the lawn, having sexual intercourse
Emotional stress;  anger, excitement, fright

Physical activity more often brings on angina early in the morning, after a heavy meal, during cold weather, and when walking uphill or into the wind.

An episode of angina typically lasts for a few minutes (ususally between 2 and 15 minutes).  A fleeting discomfort lasting for a few seconds is rarely angina.

An episode of angina is generally relieved by rest within a few minutes.  Nitroglycerin taken under the tongue also relieves angina.

Not Every Chest Pain is Angina

Pain or discomfort that feels like angina can come from other organs, such as the lungs, esophagus, gall bladder, stomach, chest muscles, and ribs.

Some of the conditions that can cause angina-like symptoms include: pneumonia, collapsed lung, heartburn, hiatal hernia, gall bladder attack, pulled chest muscle, broken rib and anxiety.