Persistent Postprandial Angina in a Patient With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Diagnostic Dilemma


North Florida


North Florida Regional Medical Center

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Case Report

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coronary steal, angiography, coronary artery disease, post-prandial pain, angina, pci, case report


Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Digestive System Diseases | Internal Medicine


Chest pain (CP) is a common reason for visits to the emergency department (ED). The underlying etiology of a good number of cases of CP can be diagnosed with adequate history taking and routine laboratory testing. However, atypical presentations of CP, in the settings of other causes of CP such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can sometimes be tricky to diagnose with only routine lab tests and electrocardiogram (EKG). Herein, we present a 73-year-old male with a history of GERD and coronary artery disease who presented to our ED complaining of postprandial CP unaffected by exertion or rest. Initially, his symptoms were thought to be GERD-related but other heart-related causes of CP were considered due to the persistence of his CP postprandially. A cardiac stress test was subsequently done to rule out possible cardiac causes of his CP. His stress test was abnormal prompting heart catheterization that showed almost complete occlusion of his left anterior descending (LAD) and left circumflex (LCx) arteries. His symptoms resolved post-catheterization/stenting of his LAD and LCx arteries. He was later discharged unconditionally. His presentation highlights the required vigilance physicians must maintain when interrogating CP, even when other non-cardiac-related causes seem more plausible.

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