What should you do if you have coronary heart disease?
When you have coronary artery disease, it is important to take care of your heart. This is especially true if you have had an interventional procedure or surgery to improve blood flow to the heart. Procedures do not cure coronary artery disease. It is up to you to take steps to stop the disease from progressing.
1. Know the symptoms for coronary artery disease
2. Reduce your risk factors
3. Take your medications
4. Have procedures or surgery – if necessary
|| Invasive procedures (such as balloon angioplasty or stents) or coronary artery bypass surgery may be needed to treat your narrowed or blocked artery. These procedures increase blood supply to your heart but they are not a cure for coronary artery disease. You will still need to focus on reducing your risk factors to prevent future disease development or progression. If these procedures are or have been necessary, your cardiologist will discuss the specific procedure with you.
5. See your cardiologist for regular visits
||Schedule regular appointments with your cardiologist, even if you have no symptoms. Your appointments may be spaced once a year, or more often, if your doctor feels you need to be followed more closely. Your appointments should include a medical exam and diagnostic studies (such as an electrocardiogram).
Call your doctor sooner if your symptoms worsen or become more severe or frequent