Chronic Stable Angina Epidemiology

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As the population ages, ischemic heart disease is projected to be a major public health concern in all over the world. Nowadays more than 6.5 million of American suffers from stable angina pectoris. In other words; despite of all therapeutic advances more than 13 million episodes of angina pectoris/week and >1000 episodes of angina pectoris/minute occur in the US.

The prevalence of stable angina pectoris increases sharply with age in both genders. Its prevalence is 0.1-1% in women in 45-54 years old and 10-15% in 65-74 years old. Similarly, the prevalence is 2-5% in men in 45-54 years old and 10-20% in men 65-74 years old. Therefore, it can be estimated that in most European countries, 20.000-40.000 individuals per million in general populations suffer from angina pectoris.

The prevalence of stable angina pectoris also rises with an increase in age. Similar figures apply in the remainder of the Western world. All forms of coronary heart disease are much less common in the Third World countries, as its risk factors are much more common in Western and Westernized countries; it could therefore be termed a disease of affluence.

The increase of smoking, obesity and other modifiable risk factors has already led to an increase in chronic stable angina pectoris prevalence and related diseases in countries such as China.


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