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I am a cardiac patient known for coronary artery spasm and unstable anginas in the past. Now meds are controlling sympto. What is my life expectancy ?

I am a cardiac patient known for coronary artery spasm and unstable anginas in the past. Now meds are controlling sympto. What is my life expectancy ?

May be normal: The seriousness can be diagnosed with cariac catheterization utilizing some chems that can precipitate coronary vasospasm. 2. Life expectancy in patient with this condition is similar to that of the general population, meaning that there is no increased mortality. 3. The only way to treat this condition is by eliminating stress, tobacco exposure, staying away form cold temps and taking meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Angina (Definition)

Angina is chest pain that is caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is not an actual disease, but rather a symptom of an existing heart problem. Most commonly, this underlying problem is due to an obstruction of the coronary blood vessels that surround the heart. There are different types of angina including stable angina, unstable ...Read more


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Is there such as a situation of a person having stable vs. non-stable angina? What is stable angina and is it always life threatening?

Is there such as a situation of a person having stable vs. non-stable angina? What is stable angina and is it always life threatening?

Stable vs unstable: Unstable angina is defined as a change in the pattern, (frequency, severity, duration, or degree of activity that precipitates it or angina at rest) in the preceding 2 weeks. Unstable angina is potentially dangerous. Stable angina is angina that occurs predictably with certain activities and is not a high risk condition. ...Read more

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If I have longstanding Prinzmetal Angina due to accidental OD on pseudoephedrine, will it be life long?

If I have longstanding Prinzmetal Angina due to accidental OD on pseudoephedrine, will it be life long?

Prinzmetal angina: Prinzmetal angina, or variant angina (spasm of coronary arteries) is a rare but chronic condition. The long term survival for PA is good for those patients who tolerate calcium channel blockers (CCB) and do not smoke. Poor prognosis would include those patients who smoke, have coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), an intolerance to CCB, and spasms of coronary artery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to take clopidogrel for the rest of my life if I am 62 old I have hypertention and stable angina?

Is it possible to take clopidogrel for the rest of my life if I am 62 old I have hypertention and stable angina?

Yes.: I know of many patients who have taken clopidogrel for more than 10 years, and they have done fine with it. I use long term clopidogrel in patients who have had many stents (say 4 or more), in patients who recieved the cypher type stent (higher tendency to clot), and also in patients who have a drug coated stent in a high risk location (left main artery or lad). ...Read more

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Can you live a fully functional life with angina and artery disease and never have a heart attack? Or will you eventually succumb?

Can you live a fully functional life with angina and artery disease and never have a heart attack? Or will you eventually succumb?

Angina: Having angina usually means you are not 'fully' functional. With modern treatment it is possible to get through life without a myocardial infarction. Having said that , you still need good luck in addition to good treatment and adherence to your treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Help please! is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Help please! is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Angina: Angina means chest pain with exertion. Stable angina is not a life threatning. Most of the times it can be managed medically. If symptoms are becoming more frequent and longer in duration then at that time you may need to have an angiogram. ...Read more

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How do you get angina?

How do you get angina?

Narrowed arteries: If you have angina, one or more of your heart (coronary) arteries is narrowed. This causes a reduced blood supply to your heart muscle. When your heart works harder (when you walk fast or climb stairs and your heart rate increases) your heart muscle needs more blood and oxygen. If the extra blood that your heart needs cannot get past the narrowed coronary arteries, the heart responds with pain ...Read more

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Can teenagers develop angina?

Can teenagers develop angina?

Unlikely: Yes, it is possible but very rare and generally the result of a structural problem, like an abnormal origin of one of the coronary arteries or coronary artery changes after an earlier episode of kawasaki dz. Angina from cholesterol plaques is very rare in adolescence, except in homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, where the cholesterol may be several times nl levels (e.g., 700 or 800 ng/dl). ...Read more

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Is angina considered very serious?

Is angina considered very serious?

Yes it is: Especially if it is new, or changing (unstable). Many people deny 'pain' with angina. It is described as a 'twinge', pressure, more rarely as a sharp knife like pain. Regardless, angina suggests that circulation is not adequate to portions of the heart, and is a warning that heart attack may occur. Have it checked, control your risk factors, consider treatments recommended.. ...Read more

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