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How serious is having microvascular angina?

How serious is having microvascular angina?

Serious: This is small vessel disease. It is usually best treated with Ranexa - but since each patient is different, and may have other comorbidities, a comprehensive evaluation by a cardiologist is essential. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Angina (Definition)

Angina is pain in the chest area due to poor blood flow to ...Read more


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How do you diagnose microvascular angina?

How do you diagnose microvascular angina?

By Exclusion: It's generally a diagnosis of exclusion, when one can't find another reason for symptoms of angina. It would require a catheterization with coronary angiogram to exclude blockages in the larger coronary arteries on the surface of the heart. Also an echocardiogram might be done to exclude valvular heart disease. It's more common in women and treated usually with beta blockers such as metoprolol. ...Read more

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Can you describe microvascular angina?

Can you describe microvascular angina?

Unseen vessel: Hello paris -- microvascular angina is more common in women -- these are chest pain caused by smaller blood vessels within the heart muscle -- and usually undetectable by the naked eyes. ...Read more

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What are markers for microvascular angina in hypertensive patients?

What are markers for microvascular angina in hypertensive patients?

The company it keeps: There are no "markers" for microvascular angina, per se. The diagnosis can be made invasively at specialized centers (only a few around the country), but often is based on a "gestalt" of suggestive symptoms, sometimes with evidence of impaired blood flow ("ischemia") on stress tests, in a person with traditional heart disease risk factor, when typical angiograms show no blockages. ...Read more

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I'm having chest pains. Could it be microvascular angina?

Yes: It certainly can be. Chest pain that is exertional in nature should be investigated by a stress test and if there is some suspicion or an abnormal ekg, possibly an imaging stress test. Several imaging tests will show the possibility of microvascular insufficiency of the heart (nuclear stress testing, pet, and mri). ...Read more

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Is angina considered very serious?

Is angina considered very serious?

Yes it is: Especially if it is new, or changing (unstable). Many people deny 'pain' with angina. It is described as a 'twinge', pressure, more rarely as a sharp knife like pain. Regardless, angina suggests that circulation is not adequate to portions of the heart, and is a warning that heart attack may occur. Have it checked, control your risk factors, consider treatments recommended.. ...Read more

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Help! Is 'angina' a serious issue?

Help! Is 'angina' a serious issue?

Can be: It can be serious, especially if it's of new onset, getting more frequent, more severe, coming on with less effort, or lasting longer. ...Read more

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Is it true that 'angina' is a serious disease?

Angina: Angina is a symptom, it means pain. Angina pectoris is the pain of insufficient blood flow to the heart and is a serious problem because of the insufficient blood flow to the heart. ...Read more

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I think I have ludwig's angina, is this a serious condition that requires seeing a doctor?

I think I have ludwig's angina, is this a serious condition that requires seeing a doctor?

YES: This can be serious and potentially life threatening. It is an infection of the floor of the mouth. It is most commonly caused by a dental infection. The infection can cause swelling below the tongue large enough to obstruct the airway. You should seek medical attention asap. ...Read more