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This is something that can to real confusion. If you tell an English-speaker that you´re suffering from anginas, don´t be surprised if they rush to call an ambulance.

In English, angina only means angina de pecho. If you use it to say that you have a bad sore throat, they would think that you´re about to have a heart attack.

You can say that you have a sore throat or a pain in your throat.

Angina (an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh) is chest pain or discomfort that occurs if an area of your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood.

Angina may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The pain also can occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Angina pain may even feel like indigestion.

Angina isn’t a disease; it’s a symptom of an underlying heart problem. Angina usually is a symptom of coronary heart disease (CHD).

CHD is the most common type of heart disease in adults. It occurs if a waxy substance called plaque (plak) builds up on the inner walls of your coronary arteries. These arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart.


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