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Prinzmetal's variant angina


Other Names for this Disease

  • Prinzmetal angina
  • Variant angina
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Overview

Prinzmetal's variant angina is characterized by recurrent episodes of chest pain that occur while an individual is at rest.[1] This condition is a form of unstable angina because the episodes do not occur in a predictable pattern. Prinzmetal's variant angina may occur spontaneously, or it may be caused by exposure to cold, emotional stress, alcohol withdrawal, or vasoconstricting medications.[2] The symptoms of this condition usually respond to treatment. Individuals with Prinzmetals' variant angina may have a higher risk for heart attack or arrhythmia.[2]
Last updated: 1/24/2011

References

  1. Prinzmetal's angina. HeartHealthyWomen.org. http://www.hearthealthywomen.org/cardiovascular-disease/prinzmetals-angina/prinzmetals-angina.html. Accessed 1/24/2011.
  2. Zieve D, Chen MA. Coronary artery spasm. MedlinePlus. 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000159.htm. Accessed 1/24/2011.
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  • The American Heart Association provides more information on the different types of angina, including Prinzmetal's variant angina.  Click on the American Heart Association link to view this information.
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  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Since October 1997, the NHLBI has also had administrative responsibility for the NIH Woman's Health Initiative. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Prinzmetal angina
  • Variant angina
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.