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Will I need more than drug treatments if I have heart disease?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
With the help of medications, most people with coronary artery disease can live normal lives with few limitations. However, some people benefit from revascularization procedures, which restore blood flow to areas of the heart muscle that have been affected by the blocked artery. The two main procedures are angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery.
Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

The treatment of heart disease should be overseen by a physician. The management will include dietary and lifestyle changes, regular exercise, and medications. Certain tests will be required to determine the severity of the condition. Especially helpful will be EKG's, stress testing and cardiac sonography (echocardiograms). In many cases, cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty and stenting, or even heart surgery may be required. Emotional counseling or therapies may be helpful in treating the anxiety that often occurs surrounding heart disease. It would be a mistake to rely solely on medications to treat heart disease.

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