To investigate effects of total cholesterol levels in the serum (TC) on angina pectoris (AP) lethality in males.
The study of 112 males aged 40-59 years with AP without myocardial infarction and blood hypertension lasted for 30-35 years. The examination included determination of lipid-protein blood spectrum, ECG at rest and exercise, other tests. By initial TC levels 98 patients were divided into 2 equal subgroups. Causes of death were ascertained at autopsy (72.0%) or records or regional death and birth registration offices were used. Reliable information was obtained for 98 of 112 patients (87.5%).
At the end of the study 8 of 98 patients were alive (8.2%). In the subgroup with low TC, 2 patients were alive, 47 decreased patients lived, on the average, 69.4 +/- 1.4 years. In the subgroup with high TC, 6 patients were alive, 43 died at the age 71.2 +/- 1.4 years.
Individual approach rather than populational is needed for correction of total cholesterol in middle-age and elderly patients with angina pectoris.