Prinzmetal angina

Other Known Aliasesvariant angina

Definitionchest pain that occurs in the absence of exertion, often at rest and sometimes waking the patient up from sleep.

Clinical Significance this type of angina classically is caused by vasospasm of the coronary vessels with or without superimposed antherosclerosis.

HistoryNamed after Myron Prinzmetal (1908-1987), who was an American cardiologist and received his medical doctorate from UCSF School of Medicine in 1933. His career focused mainly on hypertension and heart dysrhythmias with over 160 publications to his name. He published the article describing his eponymous disease in 1959 entitled “Angina pectoris I: A variant form of angina pectoris”.


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