Cefalea e malattia arteriosa coronarica

Translated title of the contribution: Headache and coronary heart disease

Gaetano Antonio Lanza, Alfonso Sestito

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Myocardial ischemia usually results in typical anginal chest pain, but cardiac pain can occasionally only be referred to regions outside the thorax. Headache, however, is a very unusual expression of myocardial ischemia. Thus, the correct diagnosis of «cardiac headache» is difficult and requires a high dose of suspicion, but it can be crucial to avoid possible life-threatening events. The type and site of headache are not specific, but an episodic occurrence. A short duration and a relationship with exercise or emotional triggers should alert physicians on the possible cardiac origin of headache. Paradoxical relief and prevention of headache by sublingual nitrates are a strong clue to the diagnosis.

Translated title of the contributionHeadache and coronary heart disease
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)467-470
Number of pages4
JournalRecenti Progressi in Medicina
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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