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What is the difference between Angina and Heart Attack?

Asked by T. Lopez, Last updated: Aug 09, 2021

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youness

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Youness , Builder, B. Tech, Bern

Answered Nov 03, 2020

The main difference between angina and heart attack is the current state of the arteries. When you are having a heart attack, this means that you have blocked arteries. When you are experiencing angina, this means that you only have narrowed arteries. Take note that the Angina is sometimes considered to be a warning sign of a heart attack. There are some people who may experience Angina first before they can start to experience a heart attack. You should know the differences between the two so that you will know if you need to get immediate treatment or not. Usually, when someone is experiencing angina, this means that the oxygen flow will be reduced.
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Jori , Writer, M.A, Zürich

Answered Nov 03, 2020

The main difference between angina and heart attack is the type of result that is received. When someone is suffering from angina, this means that the coronary arteries have become narrowed. This is highly different from having a heart attack wherein the coronary arteries can become blocked. Another difference between the two is when a person has experienced angina, there is a chance that the heart will not become completely damaged. This is different when a person suffers from a heart attack. The arteries may have already become damaged so there are different treatments that are needed just in case the person will be able to live and recover. Having angina means that you are at risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.
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C. Lopez

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Answered Oct 14, 2020

Angina or angina pectoris is an occurrence in the heart muscles whereby enough blood is not flowing to the heart. When enough blood is not supplied to the heart muscle, there would not also be enough supply of nutrients and oxygen. Angina can occur if you are involved in activities that make your heart to work faster and harder, such as physical exertion, a large meal, smoking, or emotional and mental stress.

Most times, angina lasts for some minutes, but it can take up to over an hour sometimes. In contrast, a heart attack is also very similar to angina, and you may tend to take one for the other if you are not well aware of them.

Heart attack actually refers to a permanent and sudden obstruction of the flow of blood to the heart. A heart attack can leave your heart permanently damaged. And it usually lasts longer and more severe than angina. Heart attack needs more demand for medical attention than angina.

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W. Kaye

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W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Oct 14, 2020

Angina and heart attack might be related in a little way, but they are two different heart conditions. Angina is a heart condition that happens in the heart muscles which causes shortness of breath or chest pain due to insufficient or reduction in the flow of blood to the heart. When there is a reduction in the flow of blood to the heart, the heart won't get enough oxygen and the nutrients it needs.

Most times, angina is experienced when you engage yourself in different kinds of activities that force your heart to work at a faster rate. While this condition is a temporary one, it is simply a warning that your body needs rest.

A heart attack, on the other hand, is a heart condition or an acute myocardial infarction, which is caused when there is a sudden obstruction of the flow of blood to the heart. The fact that it is a sudden and permanent cessation of blood flow to the heart sometimes makes it to be fatal. A heart attack is a very serious heart condition compared to angina.

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Anthony Paul Bonadio

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Anthony Paul Bonadio, Teacher, MCA, PhD, Toledo

Answered Oct 12, 2020

Angina and heart attacks are two conditions that cause pain in the chest. When angina occurs, it is caused by not having enough blood supply. Angina does not hurt or cause any damage to the heart. It happens behind where the sternum is.

When it occurs, it is a sudden instance of pain and it only happens for about 20 minutes. heart attacks also causes pain the chest, but there is damage to the heart.

This is because the heart muscles have a death. Another difference between the two is that heart attacks last much longer than 20 minutes and has more symptoms, like pressure around the neck.

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G. Horace

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G. Horace, Content Developer, Chicago

Answered Apr 22, 2020

It is essential to start by saying that a heart attack presents similar symptoms as angina and vice versa. Angina is the chest pain that is caused by the inadequate blood supply. There is no structural damage to the heart. On the other hand, there is the death of heart muscles in myocardial infarction.

Most of the time, sufferers of angina do not demonstrate complicated symptoms as those who have suffered a heart attack will have. Some examples of myocardial complications include arrhythmia, heart failure, hypotension, and valve lesions. While these complications are prevalent with heart attacks, it is rare for someone with angina to have any complications.

Angina starts suddenly and seems to travel along the medial side of the upper arm, and the effects last no longer than 20 minutes. The reason for the pain is reduced blood supply to the heart muscle. With a heart attack, chest pain lasts longer than 20 minutes. There are two types of heart attacks. These include non-ST elevating and ST elevating.

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J. Shatner

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J. Shatner, Content writer, Boston

Answered Apr 08, 2020

Angina is a pain in the chest caused by an inadequate blood supply, and there is no structural damage to the heart. With a heart attack, however, there is the death of the heart muscles. Angina is a restricting chest pain, which occurs behind the sternum. It starts suddenly, and it travels along the medial side of the upper arm, lasting less than 20 minutes.

There may be specific symptoms such as sweating and difficulty breathing, and the best medicine for angina is rest. A heart attack is the actual demise of cardiac muscle because of inadequate blood supply. The chest pain continues longer than 20 minutes, and some of the most typical symptoms are pressure, tightness, discomfort, squeezing, or aching feeling in chest or arms that may spread to the neck, jaw, or back. Sometimes angina can be misconstrued for a heart attack, as some of the symptoms are similar.

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