Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Stable Angina
Angina happens when there is not enough
blood flow to the heart muscle. This is often a result of narrowing of the
blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. Angina symptoms include chest pain or pressure. But you might feel other symptoms like pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or one or both shoulders or arms.
Stable angina occurs at fairly predictable times, usually with
activity or exertion. It is relieved by rest and may continue without much
change for years. Stable angina develops after a predictable amount of exertion
or emotion and usually lasts 1 to 5 minutes.
A change in the usual pattern of stable angina means that the blood
flow has become more impaired (called unstable angina). It may mean that you are having a heart attack.
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.