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Dr David Leake discusses what angina is, the difference between ‘stable’ and ‘unstable’ angina, and how angina is diagnosed and treated

Angina is usually caused by a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. It is most common in those over 65 years of age and affects nearly 2% of men and just over 1% of women in the United Kingdom.

In this video Dr David Leake discusses what angina is, the difference between ‘stable’ and ‘unstable’ angina, as well as how it is diagnosed and treated.

You can download the Week 2 supplement, which contains additional images and descriptions to help you understand the topics covered in this video.

Were you aware that there are different types of angina? What are the key differences?

British Heart Foundation resources

You can find out more about this topic in the following booklets produced by the British Heart Foundation:

If you would like to learn more about the surgical treatments used to tackle angina, see the British Heart Foundation’s educational videos about angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery in Step 3.19.

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