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Prinzmetal's (Variant) Angina

Prinzmetal's angina (also called variant angina) is a rare form of the condition that typically occurs in younger people. It is caused by a spasm in a coronary artery, which narrows the artery and reduces blood flow to the heart. Common symptoms of Prinzmetal's angina include severe chest pain, nausea, and fatigue. Treatment for the condition generally involves medication, such as nitroglycerin.
Severe chest pain is the primary symptom of Prinzmetal's (variant) angina. People with this symptom usually feel a pressure-like pain in or around the:
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Jaw
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Arms.
It may also feel like a squeezing, pressing sensation in the chest.
(Click Prinzmetal's Angina to read the full eMedTV article, which offers an in-depth look at this rare condition, including additional information on symptoms, treatment, and more.)
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