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Microvascular angina

  • 1.  Microvascular angina

    Posted 05-15-2020 02:30
    I have been diagnosed with microvascular angina after no blockages were discovered with stress testing and angiogram. Cardiologist suggests I should just "power through" the chest discomfort, which only occurs after about 15 minutes of exercise. Anybody else have this issue and/or suggestions?

  • 2.  RE: Microvascular angina

    Posted 05-16-2020 05:39

    After having done about 3 minutes of google research on microvascular angina, my suggestion is that you get a second opinion from another cardiologist.  This condition seems to have serious health consequences if ignored but there do appear to be lifestyle (diet, exercise, losing weight) and treatment options available.

    Good luck and please keep us posted.


    Ira Reid
    Hoboken NJ

  • 3.  RE: Microvascular angina

    Posted 05-17-2020 13:55
    Edited by Tom Hillson 05-17-2020 13:57
    I believe most adults have some level of microvascular disease (MVD), just as most adults have some level of regular coronary artery disease (CAD), because all of us on a Western diet have been filling our arteries with plaque since childhood.  But only some of us get microvascular angina.  I am one of them.  For me though, the onset is stress, even if it's almost imperceptible low-grade stress.

    But after reading books like Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Caldwell Esselstyn) and Reversing Heart Disease (Dean Ornish), I am convinced that the way to heal and eliminate microvascular angina (and even regular angina) is to adopt a no-oil vegan diet.  Going on that diet is another thing - it is very restrictive.  I try, in spurts, but it takes a lot of self-denial.  But the alternative, perhaps daily discomfort and additional heart attacks, is worse.

    Tom Hillson