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How does medication fit in with cardiovascular disease treatment?

As a cardiovascular patient, you will find that your treatment will be a continuum, or spectrum, of care. Your treatment can be thought of as a continuum because you and your healthcare providers will work together over time using a range of treatment options. This means that your doctor will assess your level of disease and start treatment that could include any of the following:

- lifestyle changes
- medical therapy (medication)
- interventional procedures (angioplasty, stenting)
- surgery (bypass surgery, heart valve replacement)

Medical therapy will be a part of your treatment - whether you are at significant risk of disease; have had a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event; or have undergone procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, or bypass surgery. Medical therapy is used for patients who fall into two groups:

- Primary prevention: Initiation of medical therapy with the goal of preventing the onset of cardiac disease (for example, starting a cholesterol medicine before any diagnosis of build-up in the arteries of a fatty substance called plaque)
- Secondary prevention: Medicines started with the goal of limiting the progression of heart disease or for healing to reduce symptoms (for example, starting a beta blocker drug for a patient who has had a heart attack)
 

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