What are ways of detecting Varaint (prinzmetal) angina?

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   Posted 7/18/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering what are the most effecitve test to rule out Variant Angina.
I have been suffering from chest pains for 2 months now that come and go daily but seem to be a bit harsher at night. I also have migranes, am overweight and recently quit smoking.
I would like to know what type of testing is doen to rule out Varaint Angina/Coronary Artery Spasms?
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   Posted 7/19/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Predaphin, I wanted to take a moment to welcome you to Healing Well forum, we are happy to have you join us here.

I wonder how do you know you have Varaint Angina?  Have you had any testing at all?  To my knowledge the first step would be an ECG an Echocardiogram, then a stress test but since this dx is closely related to CAD I imagine that a cardiac cath would be the one test to rule out all others but this is very invasive and most cardiologists are careful on the necessity of this type of test.

I imagine if you have come to the conclusion of Varaint Angina then you have done much research on it.  I will caution that if you are having chest pain no matter how severe please do seek treatment for this.  So many people think they are too young or too healthly...I did too but I am 35 yrs old and have had a pacemaker for 3 years.

Please keep us posted on how your doing...take care



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   Posted 7/23/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi els,

thank you for responding. I feel very helpless and no longer know what to do. I have been having these chest pains for a little over 2 months now. It is very discomforting. The problem is most of the time they only last for seconds, but can come in clusters. There's no telling when they will come, I can simply be sitting there and they can come. They seem to be a bit harsher at night or early morning, but I get them both day and night. The doctors have prescirbed Zantac, Aspirin (baby dose), and Anti-depressents.

I have seen about 3 or 4 diffrent doctors and 1 cardiologist. No one can seem to tell me what I have. They have done the following tests on me:

Blood test including Lipid (normal)

3 Resting EKG's (normal)

Chest X-ray (normal)

Holtor Monitor (24 hr) (normal)

Stress Test (normal)

You are correct, I have been reasearching Prinzmetal Angina. And it's very scary for me as to how close the symptoms come to being Variant Angina. Especially based on the fact that I was diagnosed with Migraines since the age of 15 and have went untreated due to no insurance. My symptoms began to come on about a week after I quit smoking pot for 2 years. I did not smoke cigarrettes.

I don't know what else to do. I just want them to make this pain go away so I can live a normal life. I figure if these pains have been consistent everyday, then something is wrong. Another problem is that the closest emregency room that is covered by my insurance is 50 miles away. I wouldn;t hesitate to go to the ER (as I have already done it once), but it drives me insane to think that I get to the ER and they won;t do anything.

I am not sure what else to do. I am scheduled for a second opinion with another cardiologist, but they couldn;t schedule me till 9/2/08.

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