Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Atypical Angina Overview

What is atypical angina?
A person with atypical angina does not have chest pain typical of classical angina, but has less common symptoms, such as weakness, faintness, sweating, and nausea. Atypical angina is more common in older individuals and in those with diabetes. Atypical angina has the same underlying cause as classical angina: narrowed coronary arteries, which reduce the supply of oxygen to the heart.

What are the symptoms of atypical angina?
Those with atypical angina don't experience the typical chest pain of angina. They usually complain of episodes of extreme weakness or fatigue that are accompanied by some combination of excessive sweating, nausea, faintness, and breathing difficulty.

How does the doctor treat atypical angina?
Treatment for atypical angina includes medications to reduce anginal symptoms and lower blood pressure. Some patients may be candidates for angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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