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Doctor insights on: Coronary Artery Spasm

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How do coronary artery spasms differ from angina?

How do coronary artery spasms differ from angina?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Artery (Definition)

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


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Why do I feel like i can't breathe when I have coronary artery spasms?

Why do I feel like i can't breathe when I have coronary artery spasms?

Angina: Coronary spasm can lead to symptoms of angina, and an anginal equivalent can be that of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What exactly is meant by coronary artery spasms?

What exactly is meant by coronary artery spasms?

Coronary spasm: Coronary spasm is basically the artery constricting or clamping down. The coronary artery has a middle layer of muscle fibers that if triggered will constrict. It can occur because of smoking or sometimes randomly. It is most common in women. ...Read more

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For coronary artery spasm , which medication is more effective, CARTIA or CARDIZEM ?

For coronary artery spasm , which medication is more effective, CARTIA or CARDIZEM ?

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

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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 more

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Esophageal spasm or coronary artery spasm, how can I tell?

Esophageal spasm or coronary artery spasm, how can I tell?

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

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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. Ana Adelstein
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Coronary Artery (Definition)

Coronary artery is the name given to the blood vessels that supply the myocardium. The word coronary was coined by the first anatomists that noticed that if you remove all muscle from the heart the remaining vessels resemble the shape of a corona or crown. ...Read more


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more