Angina is chest pain that happens when not enough blood flows to your heart muscle. Angina feels like pressure or tightness in your chest. It is usually brought on by activity or stress and can go away when the stressful activity stops.
Heart attack happens when an artery that feeds your heart muscle becomes blocked with plaque (fatty deposits) or by a clot. When the blood cannot flow to the heart, damage or death to the heart muscle may occur.
If you have any heart attack warning signs, call 911 right away. Then, the American Heart Association recommends taking an aspirin as soon as the warning signs of a heart attack occur. Research shows that taking an aspirin when heart attack symptoms start significantly improves chances of survival.
Do not take an aspirin if you have an allergy to aspirin.
Quick treatment in a hospital emergency department — especially within the first hour after an attack — reduces heart muscle damage and increases the odds of
Call 911 right away if you have chest pain that does not go away or becomes worse.