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Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

May be hard to tell: If the chest pain is caused by swallowing, especially something very hot or very cold, then most likely esophageal spasm. If the chest pain is caused by exertion, then most likely angina or heart attack. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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What are the most common symptoms of esophageal spasm?

What are the most common symptoms of esophageal spasm?

Chest pain: It can feel like heartburn, but many people describe a pain that is similar to "angina" (which is just latin for strangling). An unpleasant squeezing or tightness in the chest. It's sometimes relieved by a belch, or antacids. Drugs like nitrates and calcium channel blockers are also effective, but not uniformly so. Sometimes antidepressants (yes, those!) work to reduce the spasms. ...Read more

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How is esophageal spasm treated?

How is esophageal spasm treated?

See below: If esophageal spasms are not controlled with acid suppression alone, calcium channel blockers and nitrates are often used with varying success. ...Read more

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I've got diffuse esophageal spasm. What consequences should I be looking for?

Chest pain/dysphagia: Chest pain and/or difficulty swallowing and/or pain while swallowing. If you have barrett's esophagus, you're at risk for esophageal cancer. If you haven't had endoscopy yet (i assume you have since you know this diagnosis), you should see a gastroenterologist if you haven't already. ...Read more

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What leads to diffuse esophageal spasm?

True anomaly: This is a true abnormal condition or physiomechanics of the esophagus -- it is a rare condition-- and what most people experience is not a diffuse esophageal spasm but reflux esophagitis with spasm or cold induced transient esophageal contraction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: diffuse esophageal spasm?

What is the definition or description of: diffuse esophageal spasm?

Esophageal spasm: Is a term to define abnormal contraction of the esophagus during times that the individual is not eating. It could be triggered by food at temperature extremes and usually disappear spontaneously. When present on regular basis, it should be an indication for evaluation of acid reflux, connective tissue diseases and some neurological conditions. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more


Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Esophageal Spasm (Definition)

Inappropriate spasm of esophagus ...Read more