Contemporary Management of Angina: Part II. Medical Management of Chronic Stable Angina.

Author

Zanger DR, Solomon AJ, Gersh BJ

Date

2000

Journal

Am Fam Physician

Abstract

Except for a small subset of patients with angina whose survival is improved with coronary artery bypass surgery, chronic stable angina can be appropriately managed with medical therapy in the vast majority of patients. Drug therapy includes aspirin, beta-adrenergic blockers, cholesterol-lowering agents and other anti-ischemic drugs that can ameliorate angina and improve the patient's quality of life. Understanding how and when to use these medicines involves knowledge of the mechanisms of these drugs as well as familiarity with the literature supporting their efficacy in various patient populations.