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Dr. Nicholas DuBois
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Coronary Spasms (Overview)

Coronary spasm is a condition in which an artery in a person's heart has a sudden, temporary tightening that narrows the artery and slows or stops the flow of blood to the heart muscle downstream from the location of the spasm. The person gets chest pain as if he is having a heart attack. Causes include smoking, high blood pressure, emotional stress, etc...


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Why are some people more likely to develop coronary spasms than others?

Why are some people more likely to develop coronary spasms than others?

Several reasons: Endothelial dysfunction (improper function of the cells covering the inner surface of blood vessels) from smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and lack of exercise are some of the causes. ...Read more

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Dr. Nicholas DuBois
74 doctors shared insights

Coronary Spasms (Overview)

Coronary spasm is a condition in which an artery in a person's heart has a sudden, temporary tightening that narrows the artery and slows or stops the flow of blood to the heart muscle downstream from the location of the spasm. The person gets chest pain as if he is having a heart attack. Causes include smoking, high blood pressure, emotional stress, etc...


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Are symptoms of coronary spasms indicative of a condition or disease?

Coronary spasm: Cornoary spasm can cause chest pain and heart arrhythmias. It is associated with other things that cause smooth muscle spasm like esophageal spasm as well. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
Once
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High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose coronary spasms and follow it after treatment.?

High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose coronary spasms and follow it after treatment.?

See cardiologist: First of all, why do you want to diagnose coronary spasms. I advise you to go see your board certified cardiologist for him or her to dtermine if that is even a probable diagnosis given the clinical findings and symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the tests for coronary spasms?

What are the tests for coronary spasms?

Lots: Prinzmetal or "variant" angina is chest pain caused by coronary artery spasm, typically in a patient with some underlying vascular disease. Cold environment, stress, and stimulant drugs (including cocaine) can trigger spasm. Spasm in other vascular territories (such as Raynaud's phenomenon) and migraine headache are sometimes associated with spasm in the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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What are the causes coronary spasms?

Plaque?: No one really knows. The most common thought is that the area of the artery afflicted with even minor plaque is more prone to spasm because it loses its ability to dilate properly. This is only a hypothesis really. ...Read more

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I live in a college town with many healers who use Asian treatments. Will they work on coronary spasms?

I live in a college town with many healers who use Asian treatments. Will they work on coronary spasms?

Probably not: Coronary spasm is a diagnosis which is extremely difficult to confirm. If in fact the patient really has coronary spasm, it is important to use a medication with proven effectiveness to prevent chest pain and heart attack, either a Nitroglycerin preparation or a calcium channel blocker. To my knowledge there has been no research on any other form of therapy that would demonstrate effectiveness. ...Read more

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What are the tests for coronary spasms?

Lots: Prinzmetal or "variant" angina is chest pain caused by coronary artery spasm, typically in a patient with some underlying vascular disease. Cold environment, stress, and stimulant drugs (including cocaine) can trigger spasm. Spasm in other vascular territories (such as Raynaud's phenomenon) and migraine headache are sometimes associated with spasm in the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Why are some people more likely to develop coronary spasms than others?

Several reasons: Endothelial dysfunction (improper function of the cells covering the inner surface of blood vessels) from smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and lack of exercise are some of the causes. ...Read more

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What are the tip-offs that you might have coronary spasms?

What are the tip-offs that you might have coronary spasms?

Chest pain: This is a not a common question nor a common occurrence. In other words, spasm of the coronary arteries is not very common and the most typical symptom would be cyclical pain; also called prinzmeta's angina, due spasm of the muscle fibers of the coronary artery. Much more common is CAD from atherosclerotic blockage. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Cardiac (Definition)

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