Table 3

Prevalence estimates for coronary artery disease in patients with stable chest pain based on age, gender and symptoms, and their influence on diagnostic testing

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  • For men aged >70 years with atypical or typical angina, assume an estimate >90%.

  • For women aged >70 years, assume an estimate of 61–90% except women at high risk and with typical angina where a risk of >90% should be assumed.

  • Values are per cent of people at each mid-decade age with significant coronary artery disease.

  • Hi=high risk, diabetes mellitus, smoking and hypercholesterolaemia (total cholesterol >6.47 mmol/L).

  • Lo=low risk, none of these three.

  • Modified from NICE Guideline for the Diagnosis of Chest Pain of Recent Onset, 2010.