What is angina?

Angina, the medical term for chest pain, is a warning that the heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Angina is a painful or tight feeling in or near your chest.

There are two kinds of angina: stable angina and unstable angina. Stable angina occurs at predictable times and can often be managed. Unstable angina does not occur at predictable times and it may not respond to the usual forms of treatment for angina.

Angina treatment

Because unstable angina can lead to a heart attack, it is viewed as an emergency. If you are having  unstable angina symptoms, you should call 911 immediately.

There are several angina treatment plans available. Ask your Baylor Scott & White Health heart care team questions you may have about your options.

Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of angina and personal preferences.

Angina treatment options may include: