Michelle Badash, MS
The treatment goals of
Generally, CAD is treated with a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and in some cases, surgery. These treatments are meant to slow or reverse plaque build-up, dilate arteries to improve blood flow, and prevent other complications that accompany CAD.
If you have any underlying conditions that contribute to CAD, such as
or diabetes, they will need to be managed as well.
It is likely you will have a health care team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. It is important to maintain contact with your medical team, adhere to recommended treatment, and go to any recommended appointments.
Treatment for CAD involves the following:
Coronary artery disease (CAD). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116156/Coronary-artery-disease-CAD. Updated September 23, 2016. Accessed September 30, 2016.
How is coronary heart disease treated?
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at:
Updated October 23, 2015. Accessed March 2, 2016.
Last reviewed March 2016 by Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
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