Nursing Pharmacology Chapter 9:  Antianginal Drugs

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Angina: Definition and Causes

 

Angina
 

Prinzmetal's variant angina

  • This figure illustrates coronary artery vasospasm.

  • In the top frame a localized narrowing of a long segment of the proximal right coronary artery is apparent.

  •  The patient had been complaining of intermittent chest pain during at rest.

  • In the bottom frame the abnormality has been corrected by intracoronary nitroglycerin.

  • The response to nitroglycering confirms that the narrowing resulted from coronary vasospasm or Prinzmetal's angina.

[Timmis, A.D. In Pocket Picture Guides: Cardiology, Gower Medical Publishing, London, 1985, p.21]

 

[Raehl, C.L., and Nolan, P.E. Ischemic Heart Disease: Anginal Syndromes in Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs (Young, L.Y., and Koda-Kimble, M.A., eds), Applied Therapeutics, Inc., Vancouver, 1995, p 13-3.]

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