Definition of angina in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pain caused through this means should be taken seriously to exclude serious conditions like angina pectoris or any heart problem.’
    • ‘These drugs are used to prevent angina pectoris, to lessen the risk of a second heart attack and to treat congestive heart failure.’
    • ‘You seem to be suffering from severe angina with rapid progression.’
    • ‘The more severe blockage is more likely to cause angina or chest pain.’
    • ‘An imbalanced heart or circulatory system can be due to poor circulation, low or high blood pressure, angina and heart attacks and hardened arteries.’
    • ‘Symptoms such as angina (chest pain) or palpitations can be caused by problems with the heart.’
    • ‘This can result in angina (chest pain) or, if the vessel is blocked completely, a heart attack.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Heartburn can be confused with other kinds of pain, especially angina pectoris, so you need to explore its specific features carefully.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many symptoms of organic origin, like angina pectoris, are made worse by anxiety.’
    • ‘When I try, my angina pectoris begins; I get scared and have to lie down.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Mr Fitchen said he began to suffer serious health problems five years on and now suffers from asthma, angina, heart disease and bronchitis.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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’.