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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 (ranolazine) - 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 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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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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What are symptoms of coronary microvascular disease? Is it deadly and can it cause tachycardia?

What are symptoms of coronary microvascular disease? Is it deadly and can it cause tachycardia?

Microvascular diseas: Symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, lack of energy, sleep problems and fatigue. If you are suggering from these discomfts, it could increase your heart rate. Any physicial discomfort could raise your heart rate. It doesn't cuase acute death. But it has long term sequele of end organ damage. ...Read more

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Is having blocked arteries a serious condition?

Is having blocked arteries a serious condition?

Depends where: A blocked artery can cause the death of the organ supplied by that artery, or a portion thereof. If the main artery of your heart is blocked, this is of course a serious condition that few survive if the blockages complete. If it is a small artery to a small portion of an unimportant organ, you may not even notice. Disease in one vessel usually means there is also disease in other vessels. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a coronary occlusion but not be classed as having coronary heart disease?

Is it possible to have a coronary occlusion but not be classed as having coronary heart disease?

Rarely: Un cases such as a spontaneous coronary dissection but these are very very rare. ...Read more

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How serious is myocardial ischemia?

How serious is myocardial ischemia?

Maybe very serious: Ischemia means an area of the heart is not getting enough blood usually because of a blockage in an artery. The severity depends on whether it is a major artery or not. ...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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I'm wondering how serious is a heart catheterization?

I'm wondering how serious is a heart catheterization?

Procedure : In terms of risk: there is a 10-20% chance of bleeding in the access site. Rarely does this need surgery to repair it or antibiotics for infections. The major complications are stroke, heart attack or death; these are about 1 in 1000. ...Read more

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How common is a 280 degree loop of the carotid artery & is it serious? I'm also suffering severe headaches, can it be related?

How common is a 280 degree loop of the carotid artery & is it serious? I'm also suffering severe headaches, can it be related?

Not common : Looping of the carotid artery is not common but by itself does not indicate the need for treatment. The headaches are probably unrelated and you should consult with your physician or a neurologist. If the looping or tortuosity is associated with episodes of weakness or vision loss on the same side you should see a vascular surgeon. Otherwise you should probably not worry about it. ...Read more

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What is a transient ischemic attack and how serious a condition is it?

What is a transient ischemic attack and how serious a condition is it?

Very: Having a TIA is serious in that your risk of stroke is increased. You should see a doctor and work on reducing risk of any further symptoms. ...Read more

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I have "ecg evidence of exercise inducible myocardial ischaemia". So is this very serious problem?

I have "ecg evidence of exercise inducible myocardial ischaemia". So is this very serious problem?

Yes: It suggests that your exercise is causing a strain on your heart. Many professional athletes who undergo extensive and vigorous exercise often damage their hearts. ...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 ?

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

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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How serious are coronary spasm? Is this different than a heart attack?

How serious are coronary spasm? Is this different than a heart attack?

Variable course: If you have all the tests done and the cardiologist decided that you have variant/prinzmetal angina , you are prone to have a variable course. Generally you have good prognosis if they did not find any lesions on the cath. Recurrent chest pain and very rarely mi/ arrhythmia can occur. ...Read more

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Recent angiogram diagnose was:non obstructive coronary artery disease, how high is my risk to suffer a heart attack?

There is: disagreement about the risk factors associated with "non-obstructive" coronary DISEASE (ABNORMAL coronary arteries but without significant OBSTRUCTIVE lesions on ARTERIOGRAPHY/ANGIOGRAPHY Best practice is to use all the "tools" to prevent cor- onary events as patients with OBSTRUCTIVE disease... Smoking cessation, graded excercise, Cholesterol lowering etc etc Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is angina, how do you know if chest pain isnt from a heart attack?

What is angina, how do you know if chest pain isnt from a heart attack?

Angina: Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease. Whether or not your chest pain is cardiac in origin is best answered by a visit to your doctor or nearest er if necessary. ...Read more

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