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Men with angina ‘twice as likely to have heart attacks’

7th August 2009

Men with angina are twice as likely to have a heart attack and almost three times as likely to suffer from heart disease as women with the same condition, according to new research.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, said it was important for patients with angina to be aware of the risks following diagnosis.

Researchers said angina was “often the first manifestation of ischaemic heart disease”, with 4.8 per cent of men and 3.4 per cent of women aged over 16 in England having the condition.

Led by Dr Brian Buckley of the National University of Ireland, Galway, the researchers identified 1,785 patients from 40 primary care practices in Scotland who were newly diagnosed with angina between January 1998 and December 2001.

Underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure, were recorded and risk factors, such as smoking, were also assessed. The patients were then monitored for five years.

The researchers concluded: “A number of characteristics, including male sex, age, smoking and obesity, in people with a first diagnosis of angina are strongly associated with subsequent risk of a number of cardiac outcomes.

The British Heart Foundation responded to the research, saying it is “never too late for angina patients to change”.

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