Angina refers to chest pain, the most common symptom of coronary artery disease. It occurs when a decrease in blood flow reduces the amount of oxygen getting to the heart, which usually results from plaque buildup on the walls of the coronary arteries that carry blood to the heart. As the heart works harder to continue pumping blood, lactic acid builds up in the muscle and causes pain. Angina may be described as discomfort, heaviness in the chest, pressure, aching, or burning, and it may be mistaken for heartburn. Usually felt in the chest, angina also may cause pain in the arms, shoulders, back, neck, or jaw.


At UAB, you will receive expert, personalized care from our cardiology clinics both on campus and at our suburban center at Acton Road just off I-459. Specialists from UAB’s world-renowned team of cardiologists offer you the best evidence-based care for angina related to coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, rhythm disturbances, diseased valves, and other heart and vessel conditions. When you visit our clinics, you can expect friendly, personalized care backed by UAB’s sophisticated facilities and equipment. 

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UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of angina . We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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