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I went to a new dentist recently, and I noticed that the lead apron they used during the x-ray was particularly heavy, and within a minute I had an attack of severe angina. (I have atherosclerosis, but have never had a heart attack). When the pain didn\'t subside the way it usually does, they called an ambulance and I ended up in the hospital.

Question: could this angina attack be caused by the weight of a heavy lead apron on my abdomen while I was supine? I can't think of anything else that would bring on this bizarre incident.

Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.


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replied July 2nd, 2010
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Hi,
Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out.

The lead apron cannot lead to a precipitation of angina. Angina is usually precipitated by doing some exertional work like walking briskly, taking bath, eating etc.

At rest, angina can occur which is called unstable angina but it has got nothing to do with the wearing of the lead apron.

The angina is due to the rupture of the plaque of atherosclerosis in the coronary artery.

The stress of doing a dental procedure can actually precipitate an angina attack. However, I will reemphasize that the lead apron should in no way be held culprit for the same.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.



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