Coronary Artery Spasm

Dr. Alrich L. Gray // Central Montana Heart & Vascular Institute

Coronary Artery Spasm

Coronary artery spasm is a sudden, brief narrowing of the coronary arteries, the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle. Symptoms of coronary artery spasm are:

  • Chest pain that feels like a strangling or heavy pressure on the chest. Chest pain can radiate to the throat, arms, jaws, between the shoulder blades, and to the stomach
  • A feeling of tightness or heaviness in the chest
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Trouble breathing

To treat coronary artery spasm, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of spams and general heart disease.