There are a number of treatment options for coronary artery disease, including lifestyle changes, medications, surgery or medical procedures.
Your treatment will depend on the following:
Lifestyle changes include:
Medications may be recommended to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
Sometimes, medications for chest pain that comes on with activity are recommended.
Aspirin or other blood thinners may also be recommended.
Procedures or surgeries may be recommended if you have a severely narrowed coronary artery to reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Cardiac rehab is a 12-week program that includes a mix of supervised exercise, nutrition counseling, stress management and smoking cessation assistance. It also teaches you about the disease process, including how you can better take control of your health and improve outcomes.
Cardiac rehab is beneficial to all patients with angina (chest pain) or after a heart attack, coronary procedure, valve surgery or heart failure.