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... Definition Angina is a symptom occurring as a result of myocardial ischemia caused by an imbalance between myocardial blood supply and oxygen demand. It usually manifests as chest pain (Alaeddini, 2006).
The most common symptom in angina is retrosternal chest discomfort rather than frank pain (Alaeddini, 2006). The patient may describe the discomfort as pressure, heaviness, squeezing, burning, or choking sensation. The pain may or may not radiate. If it radiates it typically radiates to the left arm. It can also radiate to the epigastrium, back, neck, jaw, or shoulders. The discomfort can be precipitated by physical exertion, eating, exposure to cold, or emotional stress (Alaeddini, 20...