Prinzmetal's/Variant Angina

Posted by annie.stith @anniestith, Aug 7, 2011

Hey, All!

Anyone else here with Prinzmetal’s Angina (aka Variant Angina, Coronary Artery Spasms, Vasospasms, etc.)?

I have searched the news articles, blogs, and discussions, but having no luck.

Annie

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I have had Printzmetal's angina for 14 years. A severe attack early led to heart cath, and diagnosis. After months of medication CCB's and nitro, it subsided. Since then, I have had only a few incidents lasting more than a day or two. ..usually 4-5 weeks. I am in a current cycle with constant pressure, now on week #10. I am taking nitrostat ER, and .4 mg as needed as it gets worse. I also take 5mg amlodipine (for years now). I am considering asking for more amlodipine, because this is miserable and just is not subsiding. Any thoughts?

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@lisab62

About 5 years. Tried combination of medications and still could not get it stable and then went to Mayo in Rochester. I’m not able to have heart bypass and last September had a spinal cord stimulator put in along with medications

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I have had it for 15 years. Have gone a number of years with no symptoms, and then it crops up again. Increase in Calcium channel blockers, and isosorbide/nitro helps but am currently in a flare with no relief. It can be frightening. Back to new cardiologist soon. I have a a number of different docs, because of moves, and find different approaches, and different attention to Printzmetal's. I guess everyone is different. I hope you are doing well and treatment helps.

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@lisab62

I have chronic Prinzmetal angina and would like to find others who have or know about it

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I, too, have the same. Diagnosed 14 years ago. Many years without symptoms while taking low dose amlodipine. Steering now from month #5 with symptoms while trying varying dosages of amlodipine and none acting nitro.. neither are helping. So frustrating. Side effects from meds are as bad as chest pain. Next step is stress test but I know this is printzmetals. So discouraged. Hope your journey is better.

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