Angiography not always helpful for women

Invasive coronary angiography may not always be helpful in determining the risk of future cardiovascular events in women with suspected angina, Australian researchers suggest.

Their study of 994 patients presenting at a hospital emergency ward with chest pain shows up to 50% of women aged 30-44 years have normal coronary arteries, with the number dropping to 40% of women in the 45-59 year age group.