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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor-In-Chief: Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, M.B.B.S.


Reduced LV function, number and location of stenoses, workload in METs calculated using Duke score are the strongest predictors of survival in patients with chronic stable angina.



  • The estimated annual mortality rate in patients with chronic stable angina ranges from 0.9% - 1.4%[1][2][3] with an annual incidence of non-fatal MI between 0.5%[4] and 2.6%.[5]
  • The Framingham Heart Study[6][7] revealed the 2-year incidence rates of non-fatal MI and coronary heart disease death for men and women who initially presented with stable angina was 14.3% MI and 5.5% CAD death in men, and 6.2% MI and 3.8% CAD death in women.
  • Relative risk based on anginal characteristics in elderly associated with no comorbidities:[8]
Characteristic 1-yr Mortality Rate (%)
Non anginal pain 0.4
Atypical angina 0.8
Stable angina 1.3
Progressive 1.5
Unstable 1.7

Factors that Affect Long Term Prognosis in Patients with Chronic Stable Angina

  • Number of stenoses (patients with three-vessel disease have a higher mortality rate in comparison to patients with single vessel disease).
Table 1:Coronary Artery Disease Prognostic Index[8]
Extent of CAD Prognostic Weight (0-100) 5-year Mortality Rate (%)
(assuming medical treatment only)
1-vessel disease, 75% 23 7
>1-vessel disease, 50-74% 23 7
1-vessel disease, ≥ 95% 32 9
2-vessel disease 37 12
2-vessel disease, both ≥ 95% 42 14
1-vessel disease, ≥ 95% proximal LAD 48 17
2-vessel disease, ≥ 95% LAD 48 17
2-vessel disease, ≥ 95% proximal LAD 56 21
3-vessel disease 56 21
3-vessel disease, ≥ 95% in at least 1 63 27
3-vessel disease, 75% proximal LAD 67 33
3-vessel disease, ≥ 95% proximal LAD 74 41
  • Associated risk factors[9] that contribute to poor outcomes are:

Duke Score (Exercise Treadmill Test)[10]

  • Workload in METs assessed using the DUKE Score is an important factor in estimating the prognosis of patients with chronic stable angina.
  • Duke score = [(exercise duration in minutes) - (5 x ST segment deviation in millimeters) - (4 x treadmill angina index)]
  • Angina index:
  • 0 for no angina,
  • 1 for angina, and
  • 2 if angina is the reason for stopping the test.
CAD risk probability (DTS) 4-year survival Annual mortality
Low probability (more than 5 DTS) 99% 0.25%
Moderate probability (-10 to 4 DTS) 95% 1.25%
High probability (less than -10 DTS) 79% 5%

For more information about prognosis of excercise stress testing, click here.

ESC Guidelines- Pharmacological therapy to improve prognosis in patients with stable angina (DO NOT EDIT)[11]

Class I
"1. Aspirin 75 mg daily in all patients without specific contraindications (i.e. active GI bleeding, aspirin allergy, or previous aspirin intolerance). (Level of Evidence: A)"
"2. Statin therapy for all patients with coronary artery disease. (Level of Evidence: A)"
"3. ACE-inhibitor therapy in patients with coincident indications for ACE-inhibition, such as hypertension, heart failure, LV dysfunction, prior MI with LV dysfunction, or diabetes. (Level of Evidence: A)"
"4. Oral beta-blocker therapy in patients post-MI or with heart failure. (Level of Evidence: A)"
Class IIa
"1. ACE-inhibitor therapy in all patients with angina and proven coronary artery disease. (Level of Evidence: B)"
"2. Clopidogrel as an alternative antiplatelet agent in patients with stable angina who cannot take aspirin (e.g. aspirin allergic). (Level of Evidence: B)"
"3. High dose statin therapy in high-risk (0.2% annual CV mortality) patients with proven coronary artery disease. (Level of Evidence: B)"
Class IIa
"1. Fibrate therapy in patients with low HDL and high triglycerides who have diabetes or the metabolic syndrome. (Level of Evidence: B)"
"2. Fibrate or nicotinic acid as adjunctive therapy to statin in patients with low HDL and high triglycerides at high risk (0.2% annual CV mortality). (Level of Evidence: C)"

ESC Guidelines- Revascularization to improve prognosis in patients with stable angina (DO NOT EDIT)[11]

Class I
"1. CABG for significant left main CAD or its equivalent (i.e. severe stenosis of ostial/proximal segment of left descending and circumflex coronary arteries). (Level of Evidence: A)"
"2. CABG for significant proximal stenosis of three major vessels, particularly in those patients with abnormal LV function or with early or extensive reversible ischaemia on functional testing. (Level of Evidence: A)"
"3. CABG for one- or two-vessel disease with high-grade stenosis of proximal LAD with reversible ischaemia on non-invasive testing. (Level of Evidence: A)"
"4. CABG for significant disease with impaired LV function and viability demonstrated by non-invasive testing. (Level of Evidence: B)"
Class IIa
"1. CABG for one- or two-vessel CAD without significant proximal LAD stenosis in patients who have survived sudden cardiac death or sustained ventricular tachycardia. (Level of Evidence: B)"
"2. CABG for significant three-vessel disease in diabetics with reversible ischaemia on functional testing. (Level of Evidence: C)"
"3. PCI or CABG for patients with reversible ischaemia on functional testing and evidence of frequent episodes of ischaemia during daily activities. (Level of Evidence: C)"


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