Apr 1, 1976

Myocardial ischemia from coronary arterial spasm

Postgraduate Medicine
S J Gulotta, K Geller


Spasm of coronary arteries can cause chest pain indistinguishable from classic angina pectoris in patients without atherosclerosis of these vessels or recognizable heart disease. Associated electrocardiographic changes usually correspond to the coronary artery affected and disappear when the attack of pain ends. Sublingual nitrates are excellent agents for the control of the episodic anginal symptoms. There have been scattered reports of myocardial infarction occurring in patients with normal coronary arteries; a role of arterial spasm in these cases in speculative.

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Neurologic Manifestations
Vasospasm, Intracranial
Myocardial Infarction
Myocardial Ischemia
Entire Coronary Artery
Coronary Arteriosclerosis
Chest Pain
Angina Pectoris
Sinus Node Artery

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