Ischaemia with no obstructive coronary arteries
SourceNetherlands Heart Journal, 28, Suppl 1, (2020), pp. 66-72
Article / Letter to editor
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Netherlands Heart Journal
iss. Suppl 1
SubjectRadboudumc 16: Vascular damage RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Ischaemia with no obstructive coronary arteries (INOCA) is a common ischaemic heart disease with a female preponderance, mostly due to underlying coronary vascular dysfunction comprising coronary microvascular dysfunction and/or epicardial coronary vasospasm. Since standard ischaemia detection tests and coronary angiograms are not suitable to diagnose coronary vascular dysfunction, INOCA is often overlooked in current cardiology practice. Future research, including large outcome trials, is much awaited. Yet, adequate diagnosis is possible and treatment options are available and vital to reduce symptoms and most probably improve cardiovascular prognosis. This review intends to give a brief overview of the clinical presentation, underlying pathophysiology, and the diagnostic and treatment options in patients with suspected INOCA.
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