Benefits from adding nifedipine to the treatment of unstable angina when beta-blockade and isosorbide dinitrate have proved inadequate

F. Hagemeijer, R. Van Mechelen, Teguh Santoso Sukamto

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Abstract

Nifedipine (10 mg orally six times daily) was given to patients with unstable angina persisting despite adequate beta-blockade (group I, 35 patients) or despite the association of adequate beta-blockade and sublingual isosorbide dinitrate (group II, 47 patients). Stabilization of anginal symptoms was achieved in 31/35 patients of group I and in 39/47 patients of group II. Aorto-coronary bypass grafting was carried out in 19 patients because of persisting unstable angina (five patients) or because of the severity of residual angina (14 patients). Tolerance to these drug combinations was excellent, with side-effects consisting mainly of transient headache (eight patients) and noncardiac ankle edema (eight patients). Nifedipine was found to be valuable in stabilizing unstable angina persisting despite beta-blockade and nitrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-131
Number of pages6
JournalHerz
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1982

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