Coronary Artery Disease

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary Artery Disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. It is a disease that involves a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood, oxygen and other nutrients to the muscle of the heart. It may seem strange if you haven’t studied anatomy and physiology, but even though the heart has blood flowing through it constantly, this blood does not supply oxygen and nutrients to the muscle of the heart.

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What are the risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease and how can I manage them?

The risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease fall into 3 categories: Modifiable, Controllable and Non-Modifiable. Before I get into what the risk factors are, let me explain the difference between these categories. A modifiable risk factor is something that you are actually able to change by changing your behaviors.

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How can I prevent Coronary Artery Disease?

To prevent Coronary Artery Disease you must first understand that not all of the risk factors are something you can do anything about.

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What medications will I need to take for Coronary Artery Disease?

Once you have been diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease your doctor will begin to put you on medications to help reduce your risk of a heart attack. It is very important to continue to take your medications even if you are feeling better. In most cases you are feeling better because the medication has your disease under control.

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What are the surgical treatments for Coronary Artery Disease?

Ok, so you’ve tried a variety of medications and made all the lifestyle changes your doctor recommended and you still have chest pain. You have been through the cardiolyte stress tests and echocardiograms and your doctor thinks you have some blockage in one or more of your coronary arteries.

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What lifestyle changes will I have to make with Coronary Artery Disease?

The answer to what lifestyle changes you will have to make with coronary artery disease depends on what risk factors you have. The risk factors for coronary artery disease are divided into three categories. Ones you can change, ones you can control and ones you can not do anything about.

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What is “Medical Management” of Coronary Artery Disease?

So your doctor told you that you have Coronary Artery Disease and that he wants to treat it medically…… You start to think…..Isn’t he a doctor?......Isn’t medicine what he does?......What the heck does he mean by that? And as you turn to ask him you realize that in your hesitation he has left the room.

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What diet changes will I have to make with Coronary Artery Disease?

If you are diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease you will have to make some changes in your life. Besides getting more exercise, quitting smoking, and reducing your stress levels you will need to change what and how much you eat.

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How do I know if I have Coronary Artery Disease?

For many there are no signs and symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease until one day they have a heart attack. If you think you are at risk the best thing to do is see your doctor. The risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease are:

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Coronary Artery Disease and Disability

Coronary Artery Disease can be a silent disease or it can lead to enormous life changes and a daily struggle for independence and quality. If Coronary Artery Disease affects your ability to work, it can lead to a loss of income. To qualify for disability income for Coronary Artery Disease the patient must follow the Social Security Administration's five-step evaluation process.

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