ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy has launched the Angina Awareness Initiative. This is a worldwide initiative aimed at increasing awareness on angina and its risk factors among patients and HCPs to improve its management. To amplify the effort, we are launching the first Angina Awareness Week in April 2019.
The aim is to reach out to health care professionals and patients to:

  • Raise awareness among physicians of the need for optimal medical therapy in patients with angina pectoris
  • Actively engage patients in the management of angina
  • Make management of angina a global health priority

During Angina Awareness week we will launch activities around these objectives in all participating countries. This initiative is supported by an unrestricted grant from Servier


Can the treatment of angina be improved? This question merits careful consideration because angina is often the initial manifestation of coronary artery disease (CAD), the most frequent cause of death worldwide today,1 and has been shown to double the risk of major cardiovascular events.2

Approximately one-third of outpatients with chronic CAD suffer from angina,3 while 30% of patients continue to experience angina symptoms as early as one month after revascularization.4

From a health economics perspective, angina represents a major burden on society. It also has a negative impact on quality of life and leads to a 3-fold higher risk of disability,5 a 1.5-fold higher risk of job loss,5 and 4-fold higher risk of depression.6

Despite these alarming figures, angina is routinely underrecognized by physicians. This means that many patients do not receive appropriate treatment, resulting in poor control of their condition. A recent study revealed that angina was underrecognized in 43.3% patients with CAD who had reported angina in the previous month.7 Among patients with frequent angina, 44% were on suboptimal antianginal pharmacological therapy.3 These findings suggest that sustained efforts are needed to improve the management of angina patients.



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