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Healthy Living: Coronary Artery Spasms

Prinzmetal angina is something many of us have probably never heard of before.

It’s not a heart attack but it can cause serious damage to the heart muscle if not diagnosed and treated, and doctors are not sure exactly what causes it.

In Healthy Living, Courtney Hunter introduces us to one woman who is learning to manage the life-threatening condition.

Doctors say it’s important to know the signs of Prinzmetal angina, which may be similar to typical angina: tightness in the chest, pressure, shortness of breath, sweating or palpitations.

Unlike typical angina, which usually occurs during exertion, Prinzmetal usually happens when a person is at rest.