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, Volume 38, Supplement 2, pp 1–8 | Cite as

Profile of an Ideal Antianginal Agent

  • Eliot J. Lazar
  • William H. Frishman
Section 1: The Profile of Epanolol: A New Antianginal Agent

Summary

Many antianginal agents are available for the treatment of coronary artery disease. These agents act by influencing the determinants of myocardial oxygen supply and demand. The 3 main classes of agents are the nitrates, β-adrenergic blocking agents and the calcium entry blockers. Agents from all 3 classes have shown efficacy in treating both symptomatic and asymptomatic myocardial ischaemia. However, some patients cannot be treated with these agents because of side effects or contraindications. An ideal antianginal drug should effectively treat both angina and silent ischaemia. Additionally, it should be free of side effects, allow for maintenance of physical performance and be metabolically neutral. New agents are being developed which strive for this goal.

Keywords

Angina Pectoris Myocardial Blood Flow Coronary Blood Flow American Heart Journal Chronic Stable Angina 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eliot J. Lazar
    • 1
  • William H. Frishman
    • 1
  1. 1.Montefiore Medical CenterAlbert Einstein College of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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