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Friday, January 26, 2007

Pink Cocktails at 2pm

angina: Angina (angina pectoris - Latin for squeezing of the chest) is the chest discomfort that occurs when the blood oxygen supply to an area of the heart muscle does not meet the demand. In most cases, the lack of blood supply is due to a narrowing of the coronary arteries as a result of arteriosclerosis (see below). Angina is usually felt as a squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightening, or aching across the chest, particularly behind the breastbone. This pain often radiates to the neck, jaw, arms, back, or even the teeth.

esophageal spasm: The cause of esophageal spasm is unknown. Very hot or very cold foods may trigger an episode in some people. It can be hard to tell a spasm from angina. The pain may spread to the neck, jaw, arms, or back.

Thankfully, I have the second. I have never had non-heartburn chest pain before, and I hope to never have it again.

Did you know my beloved Primecare has EKG machines and radiology right there in office? So handy.

Oh, yes, the pink cocktail is a concoction of about twelve meds, including lidocaine, they give you to drink to relieve the spasm. Works almost instantaneously, too. Sadly, it tastes foul.

And how was everyone else's day?
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