Table 2

Clinical classification of chest pain used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the European Society of Cardiology

Characteristics of angina:
  • constricting discomfort in the chest, neck, shoulders, arms or jaw

  • provoked by physical exertion or stress

  • relieved by rest and/or nitrates within minutes

Typical angina:
  •  All three characteristics present

Atypical angina:
  •  Two characteristics present

Non-anginal pain:
  • One or no characteristics present