The main purpose of the present study was to analyse the contemporary use of cardiovascular medications and diagnostic coronary angiography in men and women with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Furthermore, we examined the association of outcomes (death, myocardial infarction, repeat coronary angiography, procedural complications) with angiographic findings.
All patients with stable chest pain (n = 12 200) referred for a first-time elective diagnostic coronary angiography during 2006-08 and registered in the Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Register (SCAAR) were included. Significant CAD was defined as = 50% luminal narrowing in any epicardial coronary artery.
In the youngest age group (= 59 years), more women than men (78.8 vs. 42.3%, P
Comment In: Eur Heart J. 2011 Jun;32(11):1313-521393339