Definition of angina in English:



mass noun
  • 1A condition marked by severe pain in the chest, often also spreading to the shoulders, arms, and neck, owing to an inadequate blood supply to the heart.

    ‘he had high blood pressure and he suffered from angina’
    • ‘Symptoms such as angina (chest pain) or palpitations can be caused by problems with the heart.’
    • ‘Mr Fitchen said he began to suffer serious health problems five years on and now suffers from asthma, angina, heart disease and bronchitis.’
    • ‘The first clinical sign of myocardial ischemia is usually angina pectoris, a term used to describe the strangling chest pain experienced by many patients with ischemic heart disease.’
    • ‘These drugs are used to prevent angina pectoris, to lessen the risk of a second heart attack and to treat congestive heart failure.’
    • ‘Pain caused through this means should be taken seriously to exclude serious conditions like angina pectoris or any heart problem.’
    • ‘This study evaluated the treatment effects of hypnotic acupuncture therapy on angina pectoris.’
    • ‘The study found those given early surgery had a significantly reduced risk of death, heart attack and severe angina after four months.’
    • ‘The more severe blockage is more likely to cause angina or chest pain.’
    • ‘Many symptoms of organic origin, like angina pectoris, are made worse by anxiety.’
    • ‘Because of the close proximity of the heart and the esophagus, it is difficult to distinguish chest pain that is caused by problems of the esophagus from true angina pectoris.’
    • ‘The authors conclude that among Medicare beneficiaries with unstable angina pectoris, more than one half have atypical presentations.’
    • ‘He also had severe coronary artery disease with angina pectoris that could be precipitated by walking only 50 feet.’
    • ‘All study participants had a history of myocardial infarction or unstable angina pectoris during the previous three to 36 months.’
    • ‘Signs of heart disease include having had a previous heart attack, angina pectoris (chest pain when you walk or run), or procedures to prevent a heart attack (like coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty).’
    • ‘An imbalanced heart or circulatory system can be due to poor circulation, low or high blood pressure, angina and heart attacks and hardened arteries.’
    • ‘You seem to be suffering from severe angina with rapid progression.’
    • ‘When I try, my angina pectoris begins; I get scared and have to lie down.’
    • ‘This can result in angina (chest pain) or, if the vessel is blocked completely, a heart attack.’
    • ‘If reduced flow occurs in the arteries that supply your heart with blood (coronary arteries), it can lead to a type of chest pain called angina pectoris.’
    • ‘Heartburn can be confused with other kinds of pain, especially angina pectoris, so you need to explore its specific features carefully.’
  • 2with modifier Any of a number of disorders in which there is an intense localized pain.

    ‘Ludwig's angina’


Mid 16th century: from Latin, ‘quinsy’, from Greek ankhonē ‘strangling’.