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  1. Coronary Artery Disease - Surgery

    The goals of surgery for coronary artery disease (CAD) are to: Restore blood flow to the heart muscle.Relieve chest pain (angina).Allow you to maintain or resume a normal lifestyle. In some cases, surgery may allow you to live longer.Although many people with CAD can be treated with medication or angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is sometimes needed. This surgery routes blood ...

  2. Coronary Artery Disease - Medications

    Many people have difficulty correctly taking their medications for coronary artery disease (CAD). Often, they need to take several medications at different times of the day. Also, for some people, the medications are not affordable. However, medications are often an essential key to treatment, and people who do not take them as prescribed have an increased risk of complications and ...

  3. Medications

    You probably will need to take a combination of medicines to treat heart failure, even if you do not have symptoms yet. Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can help you manage your symptoms.The goals of drug treatment are to relieve or control symptoms of heart failure, improve daily function and quality of life, slow the progression of the disease, and reduce the risk of ...

  4. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Life After a Heart Attack

    Coming home after a heart attack may be unsettling. Your hospital stay may have seemed too short. You may be nervous about being home without medical oversight after being so closely attended to in the hospital. However, you have undergone tests that tell your doctor that it is safe for you to return home. Furthermore, to reduce your risk of having another heart attack, your doctor may recommend .

  5. Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Activity and exercise for heart failure Avoiding triggers for sudden heart failure Eating less sodium when you have heart failure Taking your medicines properly when you have heart failure Watching your fluid intake when .

  6. Coronary Artery Disease - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD) depends upon how far the disease has already progressed. Coronary artery disease is the buildup of plaque on the inside of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen - rich blood to heart muscle. As you review your treatment options, consider the following:No matter what medical treatment you receive, lifestyle changes-including quitting

  7. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about heart attacks and unstable angina:What is a heart attack? What is unstable angina?What causes a heart attack?What are the symptoms of a heart attack?What increases my risk for a heart attack?What other conditions cause symptoms similar to a heart attack?Being diagnosed:When should I see my doctor?How is a heart attack diagnosed?How will my doctor diagnose chest pain?How will my ...

  8. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Treatment Overview

    When a heart attack is in progress, you need to act quickly. Prompt treatment with medicines, angioplasty combined with stenting, or surgery to restore blood flow soon after symptoms first begin can prevent permanent injury to the heart muscle and save your life.Initial treatmentIf you are having a heart attack, the goal of your health care team will be to prevent permanent heart muscle damage by

  9. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Exams and Tests

    Emergency evaluation for a heart attackAfter you call for a heart attack, paramedics will quickly assess your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate and place electrodes on your chest for an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG). An electrocardiogram is a graphic record of the heart's electrical activity as it contracts and relaxes. The ECG's jagged - line image appears on a portable monitor, and i

  10. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have any of the following symptoms of a heart attack:You have chest pain that has not improved or that gets worse within 5 minutes after taking 1 nitroglycerin and/or resting. After calling, continue to stay on the phone with the emergency operator; he or she will give you further instructions. See how to take nitroglycerin.You have chest pain ..

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