Role of non-invasive coronary imaging in stable angina


  • Zahra Adnan Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Binay K. Panjiyar GCSRT PGME Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Areeba Mariam Mehmood Sargodha Medical College, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Alekhya Nanisetty Kamineni Academy Of Medical Sciences And Research Centre, Hyderabad, India



Chest pain represents a symptom of significant clinical concern due to the potential for lethal etiologies. Accordingly, it is critical to ascertain the presence of stable angina through various diagnostic tests to inform subsequent therapeutic strategies. Stable angina, while potentially progressing to more severe conditions if left untreated, suffers from a paucity of research regarding its management compared to other more fatal causes of chest pain. Recent advancements in radiological imaging necessitate a re-evaluation of the array and functionality of diagnostic tests, with particular emphasis on prioritizing non-invasive methods such as electrocardiography and echocardiography. This study undertakes a comprehensive review of the literature pertaining to various diagnostic tests for stable angina. We conclude that the management of a patient presenting with chest pain encompasses a continuum of care, beginning with a detailed patient history to estimate pre-test probability and culminating in computed tomography coronary angiography. This continuum is highly individualized, taking into account patient-specific variables, disease burden, and test indications. In an era of rapid research advancement, our findings delineate the optimal sequence of initial diagnostic tests, emphasizing the role of current non- invasive imaging modalities as outlined in standard clinical guidelines.






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