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Factors associated with the use of various medications among patients with severe coronary artery disease. SECOR/SBU Project Group.
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1999 (English)In: Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN 0954-6820, E-ISSN 1365-2796, Vol. 245, no 2, 143-153 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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Aim. To describe variations by age, sex, symptom severity and hospital region in the use of various medications amongst patients with stable angina pectoris who are candidates for coronary revascularization. Patients. Patients (n = 2030) with chronic stable angina pectoris participating in a national survey evaluating the appropriateness of the use of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Methods. As part of a national study of the appropriateness of coronary revascularization, data were prospectively collected on patients referred for consideration of coronary revascularization to seven of the eight public Swedish heart centres that performed approximately 92% of all bypass operations in Sweden in 1994. Results. Amongst all patients 76% were treated with beta blockers, 41% with calcium antagonists and 71% with long-acting nitrates and 70% were treated with at least two of these three drugs. Eighty-two per cent of the patients used aspirin and 14% lipid-lowering drugs. According to logistic regression analysis, with medication as the dependent variable and independent variables of age, sex, angina functional class, findings at exercise test, history of various diseases and region in Sweden where the investigation took place, the most consistent factor explaining the use of various medications was found to be geographical region. A previous history of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was also associated with the use of all drugs and age was associated with all with the exception of beta blockers. Sex was not an independent factor explaining the use of any of the drugs. Conclusion. In a national survey including patients with stable angina pectoris who are potential candidates for coronary revascularization, the most important predictor for the use of various medications was the geographical region in which the investigation took place.

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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. , 1999. Vol. 245, no 2, 143-153 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7872DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2796.1999.0425f.xLocal ID: 2320/8677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-7872DiVA: diva2:888754
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