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August 20, 1982

Learning to Live With Angina

JAMA. 1982;248(7):879. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330070067039

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Learning to Live With Angina is written in an easily understandable style, intended to provide important medical information to physicians, nurses, health care professionals, and especially to the lay public and patients with coronary artery disease. Several innovative approaches have been taken by the author, including explanations of medical terminology and definitions, and experiences and testimonials from patients. The author describes the angina syndrome in detail to alert patients to emergencies, and she encourages patients to cooperate and comply with the treatment regimen.

The scope of the booklet is amazingly comprehensive and up to date, ranging through anatomy of the cardiovascular system, physiology and pathophysiology of the coronary circulation and myocardium, coronary disease risk factors, clinical manifestations and types of angina pectoris, the relationship of angina to myocardial infarction, diagnostic procedures (including indications and possible complications), medical treatment (including risk factor modification, through change of life-style, and adherence to diet