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How are angina pectoris and myocardial infarction different?

How are angina pectoris and myocardial infarction different?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention. ...Read more

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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I was wondering is angina pectoris and myocardial infarction the same disease?

I was wondering is angina pectoris and myocardial infarction the same disease?

Not: Angina means your heart isn't receiving enough oxygen to meet its needs. However, it's reversible. Mi means that the deficiency in circulation is so severe and prolonged that there has been irreversible heart damage with cell injury and death. ...Read more

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Is the pain that occurs in angina pectoris and myocardial infarction the same?

Is the pain that occurs in angina pectoris and myocardial infarction the same?

Chest pain: Typically the pain of angina pectoris resolves with rest and lasts just a few minutes at most. Heart attack pain typically is a resting pain and is like angina but worse. They are both caused by myocardial ischemia but the angina ischemia is reversible. The heart attack ischemia results in death of some of the heart's muscle. ...Read more

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Please tell me if angina pectoris and myocardial infarction are the same disease?

Please tell me if angina pectoris and myocardial infarction are the same disease?

No. : Angina Pectoris refers to chest pain, specifically spasms of the pectorals muscle, but usually the chest in general. This MAY be a symptom of a heart attack, which is also called, a myocardial infarction (MI). Myocardial means heart muscle and infarction is the lack of blood flow, causing the MI, and then, the angina pectoris. Chest pain may also be caused by other things besides the heart. ...Read more

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What are stable and unstable angina and myocardial infarction, and links to other infomration?

What are stable and unstable angina and myocardial infarction, and links to other infomration?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention. ...Read more

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Do patients with untreated stable angina end up developing unstable angina leading to myocardial infarction?

Very likely: The key is untreated. Medical treatment is effective. See your doctor and get treated. ...Read more

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What is a myocardial infarction?

What is a myocardial infarction?

Heart stroke: A heart stroke is also known as a myocardial infarction or heart attack. A blood clot forms in a heart blood vessel. This cuts off flow to a part of the heart and that part dies. This can cause pain, rhythm and pumping disturbances. These things can result in disability or death. ...Read more

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What is a myocardial infarction?

What is a myocardial infarction?

Heart attack: Myocardial infarction mean death ("infarction") of heart muscle (card ~heart and myo~muscle). This happens when the heart muscle is not getting the oxygen it needs over a relatively long period of time. This can happen from a narrowing of a blood vessel which reduces flow or from a suddenly, totally blocked vessel. The heart can't stop working, so that part keeps trying to pump blood until the the ...Read more

Infarction (Definition)

When the blood supply of a tissue is compromised by whatever mechanism, the tissue will stop working and if blood flow is not restored, the tissue will eventually die ("infarct", both verb and noun). The clinical picture that runs with development of an infarct ("heart attack"; ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more