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Research Article

Follow up study of angina in patients aged 30 to 59 in general practice.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 18 May 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1477
  1. D W Hobkirk


    In 1979, 51 general practitioners in the Northern region identified 336 patients aged 30 to 59 who had angina pectoris. Information was obtained on their treatment and how angina affected their daily lives. This study reviews the same patients after an interval of four years. Of the 307 who were not lost to follow up, 38 (12%) had died and 44 (14%) were free from angina in the last year. Drugs seemed to be used to their best advantage, with a fourfold increase in the use of the newer calcium antagonists and long acting trinitrate preparations. Many patients still suffered from angina, which was severely affecting their daily lives, but only 41 patients had had exercise electrocardiograms recorded or more detailed investigations; this includes 16 (6%) patients who had had coronary artery bypass surgery.