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Coronary Artery Disease: Roles of Different Doctors

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Dietitian

Because what you eat has a big effect on your coronary artery disease, you may seek the aid of a registered dietitian to help you develop a heart-healthy diet. If you also have high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes, it may be important to limit salt and sugar intake as well.

Registered dietitians are trained in nutrition and are experienced in helping individuals make lifestyle changes. They understand that adjustments to your eating habits can be the hardest changes to make. And they can help you take small steps toward the larger goal of a balanced diet.

Mental health professional

Many people with serious conditions such as CAD experience depression, either independently or as a result of their physical condition. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers can help you deal with the mental challenges associated with any CAD-related complications that you may have. Also, they can help you learn to manage the stress in your life, which can have a direct bearing on the success of your treatment plan.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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