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Risk from angina greater in men

7th August 2009

A new study has indicated that men with angina are much more likely than women to develop further serious heart problems.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, the researchers from the National University of Ireland discovered that men were twice as likely to have a heart attack and almost three times as likely to suffer a heart disease-related death.

They tracked 1,785 patients in Scotland over five years who were diagnosed with angina between January 1998 and December 2001.

They found being male, older and a smoker was associated with an increased risk of having a heart attack. Men were also more likely than women to undergo angioplasty to open up blocked arteries, or to have coronary artery bypass surgery.

Figures show that 4.8% of men and 3.4% of women aged over 16 in England have angina, while in Scotland it is 6.6% of men and 5.6% of women.

The researchers, working with the University of Aberdeen, say it is unclear why men appear more at risk, though there is a suggestion that men are less likely to follow medical advice after diagnosis, or that they may seek help at a later stage.

Lead researcher Dr Brian Buckley said: "Hopefully, our study has demonstrated that men are at more risk - so indisputably, that more research will take place looking at why."

He said that while people diagnosed with angina should not panic and will not necessarily have a heart attack, they should take seriously what the doctors advises in terms of medication and lifestyle.


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