While the use of the Greek prefix "pseudo," or its English equivalent "false" in medical nomenclature is at times a matter of convenience, it may become a source of confusion or misunderstanding. This is exemplified in the use of the term "pseudo-angina pectoris."
Although the question of the pathology of angina pectoris is not definitely settled, it seems not unreasonable to attribute the symptoms of the affection to derangement in the function of the cardiac plexus of nerves, usually induced through interference with the circulation in the coronary arteries, or through disease of the myocardium.
In addition, however, to cases in which such vascular or myocardial disease is present, there are other cases in which similar symptoms arise, in the absence of appreciable organic disease referable to the heart. To this latter condition, the designation "pseudo-angina pectoris" has been applied, and among the etiologic factors, toxic and neurotic states have
ESHNER AA. ANGINA PECTORIS. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(6):354–355. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620320024002f
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