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Am Heart J. 1975 Nov;90(5):555-61.

Angina pectoris with normal coronary arteriograms: hemodynamic and metabolic response to atrial pacing.


Seventeen subjects ranging from 36 to 58 years of age presented with chest pain suggestive of myocardial ischemia. Each patient had a positive double Master's two-step test with ST segment depression of 0.5 mm. or more in the postexercise ECG. In each case coronary angiography and left ventriculography were normal. Hemodynamic and metabolic investigations were carried out during sinus rhythm and atrial pacing. Thirteen patients experienced pain during pacing but only one showed an abnormal hemodynamic response. Two patients showed abnormal myocardial lactate metabolism during the control period and four during pacing-induced tachycardia. The increase in ejection fractions in this group suggests hyperdynamic ventricular contraction which could result in increased oxygen requirements and thus induce ischemic pain in the absence of arteriographically demonstrable coronary artery disease.

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