What causes Wellens syndrome?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
  • Author: Benjamin B Mattingly, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Wellens syndrome is a preinfarction stage of CAD. Thus, the causes of Wellens syndrome are similar to the conditions that cause CAD, including the following:

  • Atherosclerotic plaque

  • Coronary artery vasospasm (cocaine is one possible cause)

  • Increased cardiac demand

  • Generalized hypoxia

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