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How does amyl nitrite work?

Amyl nitrite relaxes the smooth muscle that makes up your arteries and veins to allow increases in the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart. The chest pain that you feel during angina is caused by reduced blood flow to your heart. This happens if your heart does not get enough oxygen.

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