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WHAT’S THE BEST MANAGEMENT STRATEGY FOR CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Blocked coronary arteries, those that supply the heart itself with blood, are common, but when there’s no immediate threat, treating this condition with a multipronged approach including medications, diet, and exercise is as good as placing stents to open the arteries. Yet the most recent study shows that many people aren’t managed this way. Edward Kasper, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, says both physicians and patients are to blame.

KASPER: We’re equally complicit in this problem. The only way that we’re going to get out of this problem is for all of us to work on it together. There is no immediate fix. Like many things in life it is a chronic problem for which treatment is lifestyle modification. If this person wants their best result they’ll change their lifestyle to one which is more likely to provide longevity and quality of life as opposed to continuing the same thing that got them into this mess to begin with.       :26

The approach is called optimal medical therapy, and if you have blocked heart arteries you should ask about it. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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