International standardization of diagnostic criteria for vasospastic angina

Eur Heart J. 2017 Sep 1;38(33):2565-2568. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehv351.


The Coronary Vasomotion Disorders International Study Group (COVADIS) was established to develop international standards for the diagnostic criteria of coronary vasomotor disorders. The first symposium held on the 4-5 September 2013 addressed the criteria for vasospastic angina, which included the following (i) nitrate-responsive angina, (ii) transient ischaemic electrocardiogram changes, and (iii) documented coronary artery spasm. Adoption of these diagnostic criteria will improve the clinical diagnosis of this condition and facilitate research in this field.

Keywords: Coronary artery disease; Coronary artery spasm; Ischaemic heart disease; Vasospastic angina.

MeSH terms

  • Angina Pectoris / diagnosis*
  • Coronary Vasospasm / diagnosis*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Reference Standards
  • Risk Factors