angina pectoris


angina pec·to·ris

noun \-ˈpek-t(ə-)rəs\

Definition of ANGINA PECTORIS

:  a disease marked by brief paroxysmal attacks of chest pain precipitated by deficient oxygenation of the heart muscles

Origin of ANGINA PECTORIS

New Latin, literally, angina of the chest
First Known Use: 1768

angina pec·to·ris

noun \-ˈpek-t(ə-)rəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANGINA PECTORIS

: a disease marked by brief paroxysmal attacks of chest pain precipitated by deficient oxygenation of the heart muscles—see unstable angina; compare coronary insufficiency, heart attack, heart failure 1

angina pectoris

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Spasm of chest pain, caused when the heart's oxygen demand temporarily outpaces its blood supply, usually because of coronary heart disease. A deep, viselike pain in the heart and stomach area commonly spreads to the left arm. Exertion or emotional stress can bring on angina, obliging the victim to rest until the pain subsides. If rest does not help, drugs can dilate the blood vessels. As heart disease worsens, angina recurs with less exertion.

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