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Variant angina pectoris: Clinical and anatomic spectrum and results of coronary bypass surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1080349     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twenty patients are described with the variant angina syndrome (recurrent angina at rest with S-T segment elevations occurring only during pain and no evolution of infarction). In contrast to patients previously reported on, all but one had progressive unstable angina before hospitalization. Angina was frequently associated with arrhythmias, including ventricular fibrillation (2 instances), ventricular tachycardia (4), frequent ventricular premature beats (5), atrioventricular block (4), sinus bradycardia (2), sinoatrial exit block (1) and supraventricular tachycardia (1). Seventeen patients had significant proximal stenosis of one or more coronary arteries with good distal vessels. Bypass surgery in 15 of these patients resulted in one noncardiac postoperative death, one perioperative infarction and relief of pain in all 14 survivors. After a 17 month mean follow-up period (range 4 to 38 months), all survivors are pain-free. Three patients had no significant coronary disease; one of these became asymptomatic with medical therapy, one continues to have angina and one died suddenly. Patients with normal coronary arteries could not be distinguished clinically or by electrocardiogram from those with severe obstructive lesions. This experience suggests that all patients with the variant angina syndrome should be studied by coronary angiography, and that most patients with significant fixed coronary lesions will do well after coronary bypass surgery.
S J Shubrooks; J M Bete; A M Hutter; P C Block; M J Buckley; W M Daggett; E D Mundth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0002-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1975 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-11-06     Completed Date:  1975-11-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  142-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Angina Pectoris / diagnosis*,  radiography,  surgery
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / complications
Coronary Angiography
Coronary Artery Bypass
Heart Catheterization
Heart Ventricles / radiography
Middle Aged
Remission, Spontaneous

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