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Angina is chest pain or discomfort that is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. This occurs when arteries that carry blood to your heart become narrowed and blocked due to atherosclerosis or a blood clot. Angina is not the same thing as a heart attack, but it may feel like one.  Angina symptoms include squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest. Symptoms often occur during exertion and can be felt when the heart works harder and faster, such as when you exercise or climb stairs. 

Angina may be a warning that you have heart disease. If you are having symptoms, talk to your Spectrum Health primary care physician right away. New or different symptoms may signal a more serious condition or heart attack. If you have unexplained chest pain, seek medical attention right away.