I found this group today and thought that I MIGHT find some others who have been diagnosed with this. According to my cardio, it isn't all that common and there really isn't a lot of information out there. Apparently, having this diagnosis is both a fortunate and unfortunate thing. Fortunate I have a name and can add/adjust my meds accordingly when an attack shows its face, and unfortunate that I can't get answers and feel that I have to manage myself without knowledge, only nitrates. For those who aren't familiar with Prinzmetal, this is basically your heart going into spasms while at rest. It typically will happen between the hours of midnight and 8 am and presents (in me) with all of the same symptoms as a heart attack in progress. Attacks tend to happen in clusters and can intermittently hit for weeks. Anxiety tends to take over as well. I believe that another name for this is Variant Angina. Possibly this is a more popular name than Prinzmetal. Attacks are relieved by nitro, but as soon as the nitro starts to leave your system, it will start up again. Usually, an attack will last me about 2 hours with short intervals of relief and MANY sprays of my nitro. Any of this sound familiar to anyone out there? If so, I'd love to hear from you and learn if you are doing anything different than I am.
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