M Ibrahim | R Hasan
Angina is a clinical syndrome characterized by discomfort in the chest, jaw, shoulder, back or arm. It is typically aggravated by exertion or emotional stress and relieved by nitroglycerin. Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease is the most common cause of angina. Dual-chamber pacemakers track the atrial electrical activity by pacing the ventricle. The present article reports the first case in the literature involving pacemaker-mediated angina. A 78-year-old man complained of chest pain shortly after the placement of a permanent dual-chamber pacemaker and experienced immediate relief of his pain after the pacemaker mode was switched from tracking the atrium and pacing the ventricle to sensing and pacing the ventricle. The pain was identified as angina pectoris. The comprehensive history-taking performed before pacemaker placement helped to quickly identify the cause of the patient’s pain.