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Treatments for Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term for over 60 different conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Not surprisingly, cardiovascular disease treatment can take many forms, depending on the specific condition. Included in this article is a brief list of cardiovascular conditions, including options for treatment and links to more information. Possible treatments can include lifestyle changes, medication, surgery, and other therapies.

Treating Cardiovascular Disease: An Overview

The term "cardiovascular disease" is used to describe over 60 conditions that affect the heart ("cardio") or blood vessels ("vascular"). Cardiovascular disease is not one condition, so its treatment will depend on the condition in question.

Examples of Different Treatments for Cardiovascular Disease

The following table lists different possible treatments for various forms of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular Disease or Condition
Possible Treatments
Link to More Information
Changes to a person's lifestyle, heart medications, special procedures 
Lifestyle changes, medications, special procedures
Lifestyle changes, heart medications, special procedures
Lifestyle changes, heart medications, special procedures
Medications, surgery, rehabilitation
Blood pressure medications, lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes, congestive heart failure medications, mechanical heart pump, heart transplant
Lifestyle changes, atrial fibrillation medications, surgery, cardioversion
Sclerotherapy, endovenous techniques, surgery
Medications, vena cava filters, graduated compression stockings
Self-help strategies, medications
Doing nothing, sclerotherapy, laser surgery
(If you are interested in the specific treatments for certain conditions not listed above, click Cardiovascular Disease Types, and then click the specific condition.)
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