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Persistent chest pain predicts cardiovascular disease in women with a normal angiogram

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:0-e

Research question What happens to women who have persistent chest pain despite a benign looking coronary angiogram?

Answer They have an increased risk of serious cardiovascular events

Why did the authors do the study? Many women with chest pain turn out to have no evidence of coronary artery disease on angiography. If the chest pain continues, which it often does, doctors tend to think of it as benign or non-cardiac. These authors wanted to know what happens to these women over time and, specifically, whether their continuing chest pain is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular events

What did they do? They recruited a cohort of 673 women who had …

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