Refractory angina pectoris (RAP) represents a clinical condition characterized by frequent episodes of chest pain despite therapy optimization. According to myocardial stunning and myocardial hibernation definitions, RAP should represent the ideal condition for systolic dysfunction development. We aim to investigate the evolution of left ventricular (LV) function in patients with RAP. A retrospective study which encompasses 144 patients with RAP referred to our institution from 1999 to December 2014 was performed. Of them, 88 met the inclusion criteria, and LV function was assessed by echocardiography. All of them had persistent angina episodes on top of optimal medical therapy and evidence of significant inducible myocardial ischemia and no further revascularization options. Nitrates consumption rate, time of angina duration, and the number of angina attacks were evaluated. In the whole population, ejection fraction (EF) was 44% ± 2. EF was significantly lower in patients with previous myocardial infarction (41% ± 1.5 vs 51% ± 1.8, p 5 years (5 years 44% ± 2 [n = 44]; p 0.02). Long-term LV function in patients with RAP is generally preserved. A previous history of myocardial infarction is the only determinant in the development of systolic dysfunction. In conclusion, frequent angina attacks and a long-term history of angina are not apparently associated to worse LV function.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine