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What is angina pectoris?

What is angina pectoris?

Heart disease : This condition is usually the result of coronary artery disease (obstructive) leaving the smooth muscles of the heart w/out enough supply. It varies from mild to severe pain and can be fatal - but the pain is not indicative of the threat. You need treatment if you have this condition. ...Read more

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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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What is prinzmetals angina?

What is prinzmetals angina?

Prinzmetal's angina: Prinzmetal's angina is chest pain due to spasm of coronary arteries, which tends to occur in young women. It can be triggered by drugs like Cocaine or cigarette smoking or associated with blood vessel spasm of other parts of the body like raynaud’s phenomenon involving upper extremities. ...Read more

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What is angina?

What is angina?

Chest pain: Angina is chest pain or discomfort you get when your heart muscle does not get enough blood. It may feel like pressure or squeezing pain in your chest. It may feel like indigestion. You may also feel pain in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease , the most common heart disease. It happens when sticky substance called plaque builds up in arteries. ...Read more

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What is angina?

What is angina?

Angina: as a word has its origin in greek and means strangling...suggestive of the symptoms that patient with angina pectoris have when they are exerting themself. They usually have chest pain and they feel short of breath. ...Read more

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What is angina?

What is angina?

Discomfort: Lack of circulation to the heart muscle causing an uncomfortable sensation in the mid chest which is often described as "tightness", "heaviness", "squeezing" or like a "weight on the chest". ...Read more

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What is unstable angina?

What is unstable angina?

Ischemic chest pain: Angina is chest discomfort caused by a coronary artery blockage. Unstable angina is angina that: 1) occurs at rest, 2) is increasing in severity or frequency, or 3) is new or recent in onset. ...Read more

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What is unstable Angina?

What is unstable Angina?

Unstable angina: unstable angina is sudden persistent unprovoked chest pain related to coronary artery disease that is not relieved with rest or nitro glycerine. It may also be associated with shortness of breath and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack and angina pain?

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina pain?

Longer pain..: Insufficient blood flow to the heart usually during exertion or other forms of stress due to a partial blockage causes chest pain lasting 5 to 10 minutes and is referred to as angina. Persistent complete or near complete interruption of blood flow to the heart muscle results in permanent damage and is referred to as a heart attack. The pain usually lasts much longer than 5 to 10 minutes. ...Read more

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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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Is angina pectoris deathly? 

Is angina pectoris deathly? 

Angina: Angina pectoris is chest pain thought tone cardiac in nature. It is a true warning sign of a heart attackand should be taken seriously. If left untreated it can be potentially life threatening ...Read more

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What is cardiac asthma?

What is cardiac asthma?

Cardiac asthma is not a form of asthma: It's a type of coughing or wheezing that occurs with left heart failure. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, this wheezing can be a medical emergency. Heart failure can cause fluid to build up in your lungs (pulmonary edema) and in and around your airways. The latter causes signs and symptoms — such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing — that may mimic asthma. True asthma is a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the airways, which can narrow them, leading to breathing difficulties. True asthma has nothing to do with fluid in the lungs or heart disease. The distinction is important because treatments for asthma and heart failure are different. Treatments for heart failure can help improve your symptoms for both the heart failure and the cardiac asthma. Overusing treatments for true asthma, such as rescue inhalers, may actually worsen cardiac asthma and could cause dangerous heart rhythms. ...Read more

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What is angina vs. Heart burn? How do you tell the difference between angina and heart burn?

What is angina vs. Heart burn? How do you tell the difference between angina and heart burn?

May feel the same: Heart burn is a misnomer and has nothing to do with the heart except it can mimic angina. Angina is pain or discomfort that occurs because of inadequate circulation in the heart. Classic symptoms can usually be distinguished but most people need tests to tell them apart, at least early on until they know what they have. You should see your doctor! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack and angina?

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina?

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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What is coronary angioplasty?

What is coronary angioplasty?

Opens arteries.: Coronary angioplasty is a technique used to open narrowed arteries without surgery. A special catheter (long, flexible tube) with a small balloon at its tip is passed into the narrowed artery. The balloon is inflated, compressing the fatty plaque against the artery's walls. The larger opening allows better blood flow to the heart muscle. A stent is usually used these days to keep the artery open. ...Read more

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What is coronary heart disease

What is coronary heart disease

Coronary disease: Overwhelmingly refers to the process whereby there is progressive deposition of inflammatory atherosclerotic plaque within the vessel wall often leading to a blood flow restriction risking occlusion with dire consequence;one does not desire this. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization help?

What is cardiac catheterization help?

Its diagnostic: Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic test to evaluate pts with coronary artery blockages, valve disease, congenital heart problems etc. From there the operator determines if surgery or stenting etc is needed. Its very accurate but is invasive. ...Read more

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What is cardiac ischemia?

What is cardiac ischemia?

Decreased blood flow: Ischemia is decreased blood flow, in this case to the heart. ...Read more

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What is a coronary vasospasm?

What is a coronary vasospasm?

Coronary Vasospasm..: Coronary artery vasospasm is smooth muscle constriction of the coronary artery. This can mimic coronary artery obstruction by plaque. Cocaine use can cause vasospasm. ...Read more

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