Is a burning sensation associated with angina?

1 answer | Last updated: Apr 21, 2011
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I suffer from angina and been suffering with a burning sensation above my right chest. Does that normally happen with people suffering angina?

Expert Answers

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

People suffering from angina can feel discomfort or a burning sensation in many different locations including the chest, left arm, jaw, and left shoulder blade area. While the right chest is not a common place to feel angina type pain, it is definitely possible. Some questions to ask yourself: Is the discomfort similar to your regular angina, but in a different location? Is the discomfort brought on by activities that usually cause your regular angina pain? Is the discomfort relieved with rest? Do you have any other symptoms when you feel the right chest burning, such as shortness of breath, nausea or sweating? If you take nitroglycerine for your normal angina pain, you can try taking one while you have this right chest discomfort and see if it is relieved.

You should definitely tell your cardiologist or healthcare provider about this discomfort.