A simple clinical risk score involving seven characteristics appears to help identify women with angina pectoris who have abnormal stress test findings and are likely to have coronary artery disease (CAD). A study showed that independent predictors of CAD included age 55 or older, BMI less than 30 kg/m2, smoking, low HDL cholesterol, family history of premature CAD, lateral abnormality on stress imaging, and an exercise capacity of less than 5 metabolic equivalents.

Abstract: American Journal of Cardiology, March 15, 2013.