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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2013, Article ID 504915, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/504915
Review Article

Evaluating Symptoms to Improve Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Stable Angina

UTHSC College of Nursing, 920 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38163, USA

Received 19 June 2013; Revised 15 August 2013; Accepted 11 October 2013

Academic Editor: Kyungeh An

Copyright © 2013 Jeffrey W. Young and Sheila Melander. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Chronic stable angina (CSA) is a significant problem in the United States that can negatively impact patient quality of life (QoL). An accurate assessment of the severity of a patient’s angina, the impact on their functional status, and their risk of cardiovascular complications is key to successful treatment of CSA. Active communication between the patient and their healthcare provider is necessary to ensure that patients receive optimal therapy. Healthcare providers should be aware of atypical symptoms of CSA in their patients, as patients may continue to suffer from angina despite the availability of multiple therapies. Patient questionnaires and symptom checklists can help patients communicate proactively with their healthcare providers. This paper discusses the prevalence of CSA, its impact on QoL, and the tools that healthcare providers can use to assess the severity of their patients’ angina and the impact on QoL.