Clinical DIMENSIONCardiac Syndrome X A Brief Overview for NursesSlobodny, Paul R. RN, MS, ACNP Author Information Paul R. Slobodny, RN, MS, ACNP, is an acute care nurse practitioner working in the field of cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, California. He is currently pursuing a doctor of nursing practice degree at the University of San Francisco. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Paul R. Slobodny, RN, MS, ACNP ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 209-212 doi: 10.1097/01.DCC.0000325076.47670.50 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Cardiac syndrome X is characterized by typical anginal symptoms and a positive exercise stress test in patients with normal coronary arteries confirmed by angiography. It is a relatively common condition seen by nurses working with patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. This article briefly describes the condition, pathophysiology, and treatment options. Nursing interventions in the care of these patients are also discussed. Cardiac syndrome X is a disease characterized by typical anginal symptoms and a positive exercise stress test in patients with normal coronary arteries as seen on angiography. This article describes this condition, pathophysiology, and treatment options of interest to critical care nurses. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.