What are the Signs and Symptoms of CAD?

  • Angina: Angina, a common symptom of CAD, is chest pain or discomfort that occurs if an area of your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood.

    Angina may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. You also may feel it in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back. Angina pain may even feel like indigestion. The pain tends to get worse with activity and go away with rest. Emotional stress can also trigger the pain.

  • Shortness of Breath: Another common symptom of CAD is shortness of breath. This symptom occurs if CAD causes heart failure. When you have heart failure, your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. Fluid builds up in your lungs, making it hard to breathe.

The severity of these symptoms varies. They may get more severe as the buildup of plaque continues to narrow the coronary arteries.