Angina is chest pain or discomfort occurring in an area of your heart muscle as a result of not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Pressure or squeezing may be felt in the chest and pain may also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back and may feel like indigestion. Angina is not a disease – it is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, usually Coronary Artery Disease.
St. Luke’s was the first health network in the region to be recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology. This accreditation means that St. Luke’s has dedicated physicians in interventional cardiology and emergency medicine, trained in the rapid response and treatment of heart attack. This treatment focused method of health care has been proven to reduce damage to the heart muscle.