The word “angina” probably causes you to think of your heart and chest pain. However, angina is a word that can refer to pain in other parts of your body, also.
For example, Ludwig’s angina is a serious, potentially life-threatening infection of the tissues of the floor of your mouth. Abdominal angina is a type of angina that is used in reference to postprandial abdominal pain that occurs in people when there is not enough blood flow to take care of your mesenteric visceral demands.
However, in spite of those types of angina that were just mentioned, when you hear the word “angina,” it is probably chest pain and your heart that comes to your mind. The form of angina that has to do with chest pain and your heart is known as angina pectoris.
Variant angina is a kind of angina that involves chest pain and your heart. As the name implies, variant angina is a variant form of angina pectoris.
Variant angina is a syndrome that is usually characterized by angina (heart chest pain) that develops while you are at rest. Variant angina is heart chest pain that takes place in cycles while you are resting.
Variant angina affects about 4 out of every 100,000 people in the United States. Even though variant angina may occur in anyone at any time, most of the time it develops in people who smoke, have high cholesterol or have high blood pressure (hypertension).
Men get variant angina far more often than women do. In fact, 70 to 90% of the people with variant angina are men.
Variant angina is known by other names. It is also called Prinzmetal’s angina, angina inversa and coronary artery spasm. Once again, it is a variant type of angina pectoris.
It should be understood that variant angina is not a disease or an ailment. Variant angina is a sign or symptom of an underlying ailment or disease that is causing it to occur. In fact, variant angina may very well be the primary indication of whatever that underlying condition is.
Variant angina is caused by something that is called vasospasm. Vasospasm is a narrowing of your coronary arteries that results from the contraction of the smooth muscle tissue in your vessel walls rather than being caused by atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty plaque and hardening of the arteries).
The primary sign or symptom of variant angina is chest pain. This is chest pain that usually takes place while you are at rest, rather than with exertion. These attacks of chest pain usually develop at night. The pain caused by variant angina may:
Be relieved by taking nitroglycerin
Cause fainting or a loss of consciousness
Develop most often while you are resting
Take place at the same time each day, which is usually between 12:00 midnight and 8:00 AM
Be located under your breast bone
Continue for a period of time lasting anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes
Be described as crushing, pressure, squeezing, constricting, or tightness
Be severe and radiate (move) to your arm, shoulder, jaw or neck.
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