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Angina Pectoris (cont.)

What is the outlook for a person with angina?

The most common and serious complications of coronary heart disease are heart attack and sudden death from cardiac arrest.

A person's future depends on the severity of their condition, any heart muscle injury they have incurred, and their risk of heart rhythm abnormalities.

  • The outlook is good if there is no prior heart muscle injury and angina is relieved by rest.
  • Reversing risk factors will increase the long-term chances of avoiding a heart attack.
  • Many authorities believe that some people can actually reverse plaque buildup through diet and exercise and reversing other risk factors for heart disease.

What support groups or counseling are available for someone with angina and their family?

American Heart Association
National Center
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
(800) 242-8721

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Information Office
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20892-0105
(301) 592-8573

Web Links

American Heart Association

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease

Podrid, P.J., MD. "Angina pectoris: Chest pain caused by myocardial ischemia." UpToDate. Updated Sep 23, 2015.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/31/2016

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