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[Prognosis is often poor in chest pain not interpreted as angina pectoris. Simultaneous occurrence of cardiovascular risk factors increases the risk of premature death]

L Wilhelmsen, A Rosengren, M Hagman, G Lappas
Läkartidningen 2000 March 1, 97 (9): 976-8
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BACKGROUND: Typical angina pectoris is easy to recognize, but coronary insufficiency may present with nonspecific chest discomfort.

AIMS OF STUDY: We wanted to investigate long-term prognosis in men with different types of chest pain.

METHODS: A random population sample comprising 5,773 men aged 51-57 years at baseline were followed for 16 years.

RESULTS: Mortality due to coronary heart disease was 8.0% among men without chest pain, 19.5% (total mortality 44%) among those with non-specific chest pain, 24.8% (total mortality 45%) among those with typical angina and 48.5% among those with a history of myocardial infarction at baseline.

CONCLUSION: Non-specific chest pain is associated with poor prognosis, and coronary risk factors have strong predictive value.

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