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Coronary Artery Spasm
Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more
Definition and cause: Angina isused to describe heart pain that specifically comes from an obstruction to the heart muscle's blood supply.The causes can be due to mechanical obstruction like a plaque, a clot or a combination. The heart arteries are muscular and can constricy and relax. Constriction (often found where there is clot and inflammation) of the arteries, or spasm, can contribute or in some cases cause angina. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you tell the differance between coronary artery spasms & esophagus spasms? I was told probably coronary spasms, now im told might be the other
Difficult: Some additional testing is needed to rule out coronary disease. Both may respond to Nitroglycerin e heart usually does not respond to antacids and GI meds. Age suggests non- coronary but other risks can prevail: smoking diabetes hyperlipidemia family history etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should be the same: Both Cartia XT & Cardizem are diltiazem, a calcium channel blocker. These drugs relax your heart muscle & coronary arteries. Cartia XT is a longer acting/sustained release preparation. Often this is prescribed in order to simplify your drug taking regimen, having to take Cartia XT only once a day. But ? more expensive. It probably is a choice between convenience & cost:) ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BY RULING OUT HEART: Since symptoms of both conditions can be chest pain and coronary spasm is more serious condition, it is first step to rule out coronary spasm first by ekg, angiography;echocardiogram and if coronary spasm is ruled out than tests to confirm esophageal spasm can be undertaken like endoscopy and/or manometry esophageal spasm is very rare and often symptoms of chest pain may be due to gerd. ...Read more
Is it true that metoprolol excabrate spasms in heart arteries ? And if i have coronary artery spasm I should not be taking it?
I have angina due to to having coronary artery spasms. How serious is this condition and can I have a heart attack through it.?
Heart attach: Yes it is so important for your doctors (pcp & cardio) to get to know you. Coronary heart disease not always has typical symptoms of angina radiating to neck/left arm, nausea or vomiting. It could be manifested as fatigue , indigestion leg swelling, or no symptom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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