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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. Gutti Rao
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Angina (Definition)

Angina is chest pain that is caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is not an actual disease, but rather a symptom of an existing heart problem. Most commonly, this underlying problem is due to an obstruction of the coronary blood vessels that surround the heart. There are different types of angina including stable angina, unstable ...Read more


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Does a cigarette cause coronary artery vasoconstriction? If yes, wouldnt this cause a angina if you started exercising?

Does a cigarette cause coronary artery vasoconstriction? If yes, wouldnt this cause a angina if you started exercising?

Smoking does: increase the risk of an acute cardiac event, because it is a vasoconstrictor and it causes blood to be more coagulable, among other reasons. Because it increases the risk, doesn't mean it will happen all the time. ...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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How do I know whether I have angina or coronary artery disease?

How do I know whether I have angina or coronary artery disease?

Symptom vs disease: Angina, or chest pain or angina equivalents (there are many) are a symptom usually of heart disease. Coronary artery disease, cad, is a progressive disease: plaque builds up in the arteries of the heart and this can lead to blockage(s), ischemia (insufficient blood flow) which can cause pain or angina. ...Read more

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Help please! is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Help please! is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Angina: Angina means chest pain with exertion. Stable angina is not a life threatning. Most of the times it can be managed medically. If symptoms are becoming more frequent and longer in duration then at that time you may need to have an angiogram. ...Read more

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I have angina due to to having coronary artery spasms. How serious is this condition and can I have a heart attack through 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 more

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Is a 60 y/o Diagnosed with Atherosclerotic heart disease of native coronary artery w/ angina pectoris w/ documented spasm allowed to have angiogram?

Is a 60 y/o Diagnosed with Atherosclerotic heart disease of native coronary artery w/ angina pectoris w/ documented spasm allowed to have angiogram?

He needs Angio: Angiogram is actually recommended if someone has a know history of atherosclerotic heart disease and has ongoing symptoms. I hope he is seeing a cardiologist. ...Read more

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What age is associated to trigger coronary artery disease? I have angina especially in afternoons. BP is 68-112. I scare to have coronary disease.

What age is associated to trigger coronary artery disease? I have angina especially in afternoons. BP is 68-112. I scare to have coronary disease.

No age: There is no age for coronary artery disease.that fact that you are young makes it less likely but not impossible. Other factors play into account.chest pain can be from acid reflux, chest wall(muscles and joints) , heart, lungs too. So you need to check this out if it persists. ...Read more

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For chest pain/possible coronary artery vasospasms/Prinzmetal angina... How long does it take for Diltiazem to ease the pain?

For chest pain/possible coronary artery vasospasms/Prinzmetal angina... How long does it take for Diltiazem to ease the pain?

Depends: Diltiazem functions to relax the walls of the heart blood vessels. If you take the extended release tablet, it takes about 10 to 14 hours for the drug levels to peak in the blood. Of course, it would take less time for the regular tablets. It is iportnant to take the dose at the same time daily and not miss dose so that the blood levels can get to therapeutic levels and thus control your pain. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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