Angina is a symptom of a bigger problem, not a disease in itself. It causes temporary pain in your chest that’s caused by lack of oxygen to the heart. Although angina isn’t a heart attack, it’s usually a sign that a heart attack is likely sometime down the road.
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that angina isn’t the same between men and women. In fact, it seems that angina in men may be more of a sign of a serious heart attack than angina in women. In fact, men have two times the risk of heart attack and are three times more likely to die.
Their study, published earlier this month in the BMJ, followed 1785 men and women who had angina over the course of five years. The researchers stated that with these findings, shows that it’s important to pay attention to angina, particularly in men.