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Patients Experience Angina One Year After Heart Attack
Patients Experience Angina One Year After Heart Attack

(June 23, 2008 - Insidermedicine) As many as one-fifth of patients continue to experience angina a year after being hospitalized for a heart attack, according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Here are some facts about angina:

•    It is a type of chest pain that occurs when the heart is not receiving enough blood.

•    Angina is a warning signal that you are at increased risk for a heart attack, cardiac arrest, or sudden cardiac death.

•    Recurrent angina, especially if it occurs with mild exertion, can have a significantly negative impact on quality of life.

Researchers out of Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Colorado Denver asked nearly 2,000 patients to fill out a questionnaire regarding their symptoms of angina one year after they were hospitalized for a heart attack. The researchers also collected information on socioeconomic status and other clinical and lifestyle factors.

One-fifth of respondents reported that they continued to experience symptoms of angina. Those with angina were more likely to be younger, non-white, and smokers. They were also more likely to have had a history of angina and of bypass surgery before the heart attack and were more likely to require invasive interventions to open their blood vessels and to have symptoms of depression after the heart attack.

Today's research demonstrates that it is not uncommon for angina to linger as long as a year after a heart attack. Several factors are associated with this, which may help identify those at highest risk.

For Insidermedicine in Depth, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.

 
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