Medicine: Versatile Angina

To the patient who has listened carefully to his doctor, angina pectoris (literally, strangling of the chest) means that because of exertion or excitement, his heart muscle is demanding more blood than its narrowed coronary arteries can supply. But it is not necessarily as simple as that, and angina can have some bizarre connotations, says Internist John Francis Briggs of St. Paul. The more doctors learn about the distressing symptom and its victims, the more complex angina becomes. To help get the next generation of practitioners started on the right track, Dr. Briggs...

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