This guideline covers managing stable angina in adults (aged 18 and over). It outlines the importance of addressing the person’s concerns about stable angina and the roles of medical therapy and revascularisation.

Diagnosing stable angina is covered in NICE’s guideline on chest pain of recent onset: assessment and diagnosis.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Commissioners and providers
  • Adults who have been diagnosed with stable angina due to atherosclerotic disease

Is this guideline up to date?

We reviewed the evidence in April 2016. We found nothing new that affects the recommendations in this guideline. The footnote to recommendations 1.4.11 and 1.4.12 was amended to cover the new advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) about safety concerns related to ivabradine (June 2014 and December 2014) and nicorandil (January 2016).

Next review: 2017

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

Recommendations 1.5.2 and 1.5.12 of this guideline partially update recommendation 1.2 of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy for the diagnosis and management of angina and myocardial infarction (TA73).

This guideline was previously called management of stable angina.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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