Tuesday, July 12, 2022

postprandial angina

Q: Postprandial angina is usually associated with severe coronary vessel disease? 

A) True
B) False

Answer: A

Postprandial chest pain is in general of gastrointestinal origin. If associated with coronary origin, it can be an alarming situation. It signifies possible left main or multi-vessel coronary disease. For reason not entirely clear, it usually occurs after dinner. 

Also, it may occur postprandially at rest making diagnosis even harder.



1. Chung WY, Sohn DW, Kim YJ, et al. Absence of postprandial surge in coronary blood flow distal to significant stenosis: a possible mechanism of postprandial angina. J Am Coll Cardiol 2002; 40:1976.

2. Berlinerblau R, Shani J. Postprandial angina pectoris: clinical and angiographic correlations. J Am Coll Cardiol. 1994 Mar 1;23(3):627-9. doi: 10.1016/0735-1097(94)90746-3. PMID: 8113544.

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