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How does microvascular angina affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Microvascular angina may have a variety of effects on the body, depending on its cause. Microvascular angina can be caused by a variety of things that reduce the flow of blood through small arteries and into the heart. This may include high blood pressure, damaged arteries, smoking, obesity, and diabetes, which all have their own effects on the body. Because microvascular angina reduces blood flow to the heart, common symptoms may include chest pains, nausea, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. Microvascular angina may be an indicator of coronary artery disease, which affects the large arteries.

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