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Unstable Angina and Coronary Artery Disease


Nathan Laufer, MD practices at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

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Text:     UNSTABLE ANGINA, Dr. Nathan Laufer, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Text:    a plaque tear, a clot forms, flow ceases

Audio:  “We all know that when a plaque tears, a clot will form, which will completely obliterate flow to the heart muscle and cause scarring and damage over a period of 6-hours once the artery has shut down completely.”

Text:    clot will tear, forms surface clot, limited flow

Audio:  “However, there are a group of patients in whom the clot will tear and a clot will form on the surface that doesn’t completely obstruct flow to the coronary artery.”

Text:     Unstable Angina

Audio:  “That is a condition called unstable angina and can happen in any patient who has a plaque, even a minimal plaque, in their coronary vessel.”


Image:   Heart and surrounding arteries

Audio:  “It is thought that this is a cause of progression of coronary artery disease in that the plaque will tear, a clot will form. That clot will get incorporated in the plaque over a period of weeks and then can tear again in a few months down the road. Another clot will form, which will again get incorporated. And it is almost like an onion-skinning that happens inside the coronary plaque and can thus cause progression over a period of months or years in a patient who, previously, may have had just minimal symptoms. If patients do come to the hospital with a sudden change of symptom…”

Text:      stable symptoms, unstable symptoms

Audio:  “…from stable exertional angina or chest pressure to somebody now who has unstable symptoms at, with minimal exertion or at rest, then these patients do get…”

Text:     emergency angiogram, stent to widen artery

Audio:  “…emergency angiograms and a stent is placed, which widens the coronary artery, and allows normal blood flow to the heart muscle before that plaque has a chance to obliterate the flow or to cause growth of that plaque over months.”

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