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Coronary Spasms In Children
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
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
Coronary spasms: Coronary spasm = constriction of blood flow in muscles of the arteries that supply blood flow to heart muscle. ...Read more
Printzmetal angina. Acute vasoconstriction of a coronary artery.
Multifactorial, may lead to sudden cardiac death, acute coronary syndrome, st elevation myocardial infarction, low cardiac output syndrome, pump failure to include some. Depending on severity and location of the area of the coronary that vasoconstricts, this will determine the risks of untoward events. ...Read more
Coronary spasms: To my knowledge, there is no relationship between ingesting salt and water and the relief of "coronary spasms". ...Read more
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
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
Yes: Some folks have coronary arteries that are particularly spasmotic which can lead to poor blood flow to the heart (a heart attack) - also known as prinzmetal's angina. Fortunately, this is rare. Emotional stress can also cause a cardiomyopathy - known as takotsubo, which is not a heart attack per sey but can lead to many of the same symptoms. That aside, stress = high BP = increased risk of attack. ...Read more
They can: They can, tho it's not a common cause of heart attack. ...Read more