How are blocked arteries treated?

Blocked arteries are typically treated with medications. If you have angina, your healthcare provider will usually try to treat with medication, which is a conservative strategy. If the medications don't work, you may be advised to have balloon angioplasty or stenting with metal stents. The metal stents are coated with a drug to help reduce your risk for another blockage.

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Medications and lifestyle changes are often enough to treat blocked arteries.

Catheters provide a surgery-free solution for blocked arteries. A catheter, instead of open heart surgery, is used to return blood flow back to a blocked artery.

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