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Coronary Artery Disease - Living With Heart Disease

A diagnosis of coronary artery disease can be hard to accept and understand. If you don't have symptoms, it may be especially hard to recognize that heart disease is serious and can lead to other health problems.

It's important to talk with your doctor to learn about the disease and what you can do to help manage it and keep it from getting worse.

Lifestyle changes

Your doctor may suggest that you attend a cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) program. In cardiac rehab, you will get education and support that help you build new, healthy habits, such as eating right and getting more exercise.

Medicines

Medicines are an important part of your treatment.

Get help for depression

Depression and heart disease are linked. People with heart disease are more likely to get depressed. And if a person has both depression and heart disease, he or she may not stay as healthy as possible. This can make depression and heart disease worse.

If you think you may have depression, talk to your doctor. Take this short quiz to check your symptoms: Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed? calculator.gif For more information, see the topic Depression.

Manage other health problems

To reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke, you will need to control other health problems you may have. These problems include high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Quitting smoking, changing the way you eat, and getting more exercise can help. But if these things don't work well enough, you may also need to take medicines.

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Last Updated: May 08, 2013
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