Angina | Causes & Risk Factors


What causes angina?

Angina is most often caused by blockages in the arteries that supply blood to your heart. This is called coronary artery disease, or heart disease. Your doctor will test you for heart disease and also will check for any conditions that can increase your chance of heart disease. These conditions include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol level
  • Menopause in women
  • Family members who have had heart disease at a young age

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00