Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Why do I get chest pain when I don't warm up before exercising?

I work out regularly six times a week, but suffer from exercise-induced angina and what my doctor calls a vascular problem. If I start exercising without first warming up, my chest starts to feel “tight” before I’ve walked 100 yards. The same thing happens if I start walking after being seated for a while, such as when I walk to the baggage claim area to get my luggage after getting off a plane. If I warm up properly, though, I can walk for several miles at a pretty fast pace without any chest pain. Can you explain what is going on?
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