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What causes coronary spasms?

What causes coronary spasms?

Adrenaline: Stress, and sometimes spontaneously.

It is inability of the vessel to release Nitric Oxide and thus dilate with paradoxic constriction. ...Read more

Dr. Nicholas DuBois
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Coronary Spasms (Definition)

Coronary spasm = constriction of blood flow in muscles of the arteries that supply blood ...Read more


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Can you describe coronary spasms?

Can you describe coronary spasms?

Constriction: It is the constriction of the coronary arteries due to smoking, drugs - especially Cocaine - cold, high levels of stress or congenital disposition or atherosclerosis associated with anomaly of handling the calcium in the smooth muscle of the vasculature. ...Read more

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What are the causes coronary spasms?

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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What do you do? For coronary? Spasms?

What do you do? For coronary? Spasms?

Coronary spasms: Medications including aspirin, calcium channel blockers, proper diet, exercise in moderation, cessation of smoking etc. ...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 sort of disease is coronary spasms?

What sort of disease is coronary spasms?

Coronary spasm: Coronary spasms or vasospastic angina or variant angina are acute and sudden muscular contraction with occlusion of the blood vessels of the heart which produces heart attack like symptoms (angina pectoris). ...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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What is the definition or description of: Coronary spasms?

What is the definition or description of: Coronary spasms?

Coronary spasms: Coronary spasm = constriction of blood flow in muscles of the arteries that supply blood flow to heart muscle. ...Read more

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

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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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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My mother has coronary spasms. What is it in a nutshell?

My mother has coronary spasms. What is it in a nutshell?

Prinzmetal angina: 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

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Are coronary spasms a? Frequent cause of chest pain?

Are coronary spasms a? Frequent cause of chest pain?

Can be: In some vulnerable people with underlying coronary artery disease are prone for spasm resulting in chest pain. These spasms are usually relieved or controlled with Nitroglycerin and calcium channel blockers. ...Read more

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Why is the ingestion of salt and water beneficial in dealing with coronary spasms?

Why is the ingestion of salt and water beneficial in dealing with coronary spasms?

Coronary spasms: To my knowledge, there is no relationship between ingesting salt and water and the relief of "coronary spasms". ...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?

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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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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Can coronary spasms caused by stress? Cause a heart attack?

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

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How can you tell the differance between coronary artery spasms & esophagus spasms? I was told probably coronary spasms, now im told might be the other

How can you tell the differance between coronary artery spasms & esophagus spasms? I was told probably coronary spasms, now im told might be the other

Difficult: Some additional testing is needed to rule out coronary disease.
Both may respond to Nitroglycerin e
heart usually does not respond to antacids and GI meds.
Age suggests non- coronary but other risks can prevail:
smoking
diabetes
hyperlipidemia
family history
etc. ...Read more

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Sjogren's, coronary spasms, valve regurg. Can't have mri; have interstim device. What is myocardial perfusion study? What does it show? Ok for ist

Sjogren's, coronary spasms, valve regurg. Can't have mri; have interstim device. What is myocardial perfusion study? What does it show? Ok for ist

Mapping blood vessel: Your heart cannot directly use the blood in the chambers, but must have the blood flowing through the arteries embedded in the wall/muscle of the heart itself. Perfusion study is to look at how well the muscle of the heart gets blood from these arteries. If the arteries are diseased/clogged up by atherosclerosis, the heart muscle can't get enough blood, especially on high demand. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medicine is best to coronary byepass patients?

Heart disease: Sorry but that question is unclear. We use many medications together for those patients, the effects are additive. ...Read more

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What drugs are used in coronary angiography or angioplasty?

What drugs are used in coronary angiography or angioplasty?

Variable: Clinical circumstances may dictate the choice of drugs to optimize the chance of a successful intervention, but the period after the procedure is critical to control risk of clotting and recurrent disease. Aspirin, clopidogrel or prasugrel, beta-blocker, and statin are the drug classes most often used. ...Read more

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What kind of drugs are used to dissolve blood clots in coronary circulation?

What kind of drugs are used to dissolve blood clots in coronary circulation?

Drugs: The drugs we use to dissolve clots in the coronary circulation are called thrombolytics. There are several choices in this family that are effective. ...Read more

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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin (metaxalone) just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Is Valium a good & safe long term drug for muscle spasticity & cramping of unknown cause?

Is Valium a good & safe long term drug for muscle spasticity & cramping of unknown cause?

Maybe: Valium is a drug with abuse and addiction potential. It can cause impairment in motor and cognitive function. So - long term use requires careful assessment of risks versus benefits. ...Read more

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Any drugs 4 spasticity that could replace baclofen, and be taken with celexa safely? Except I am allergic 2 zanaflex (tizanidine). Plz help I need my celexa back!

Any drugs 4 spasticity that could replace baclofen, and be taken with celexa safely? Except I am allergic 2 zanaflex (tizanidine). Plz help I need my celexa back!

Possibly: Clonazepam is a possibility but is a controlled substance and is not prescribed unless you really have problems with he baclofen. It causes dependence and is pretty hard to wean from. ...Read more

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An addendum - totally happened within 6 months of taking crestor! Cannot convince dr. That gets a kickback from this drug. Coronary arteries-clean!

An addendum - totally happened within 6 months of taking crestor! Cannot convince dr. That gets a kickback from this drug. Coronary arteries-clean!

Angry?: Why don't you just stop the drug if you don't want to take it? No one can force you to take it if you don't want to. Btw, correlation does not prove causation. If a red car drives by your house and your forget where you put your keys, did the red car cause you to forget? ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Cardiac (Definition)

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