Angina, by Joe Huscroft

The heart and coronary arteries

Joe Huscroft, from Darlington, County Durham, has written this powerful poem about his experience of angina.


Angina is a pure evil it tricks you into stress

you think you've had a heart attack

Although thankfully it was less.

I don't say this lightly, the pain can be the same

Angina is the Devil who likes to play this game.


Is this pain the end of you? are you going to die?

Well you are never certain and I will tell you why.

When your heart palpitates and you feel weight upon your chest

Do you just hesitate and hope that you are blessed?


No! You start to panic, your breathing gets too short

You get cold and sweaty, you don't give life a thought

This may be the end of me…what the hell do I do now!

Praying is not an option, Is this my final bow?


Get yourself to A+E, get yourself checked out

Once you've been wired up and blood has had to spout.

This is the procedure, the one and only test

The doctors are the only ones who can put your mind at rest.


Then your life will carry on with a great relief

Go to hell to Angina… you only bring on grief!


The poems published in this section are creative writing by Heart Matters readers. They should not be taken as medical advice.

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