Stable angina: management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Offering advice, information, and support

  • Include the person's family or carers in discussions when appropriate
  • Explain stable angina, factors provoking it, and its long-term course and management
  • Encourage questions and provide opportunities for the person to discuss concerns, ideas, and expectations about their condition, prognosis, and treatment
  • Explore and address any misconceptions about stable angina and its implications for daily activities, heart attack risk, and life expectancy
  • Discuss the purpose, risks, and benefits of treatment
  • Assess the need for lifestyle advice and psychological support. Offer interventions as necessary
  • Explore and address issues such as self-management skills, concerns about the impact of stress, anxiety, or depression on angina and physical exertion including sex
  • Advise the person to seek professional help if their angina suddenly worsens

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