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Coronary Artery Disease

Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease

There is no single test used to make a diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Therefore, in order to help make a coronary artery disease diagnosis, your healthcare provider will ask a number of questions, perform a physical exam to look for signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease, and recommend certain tests and/or procedures. The tests your healthcare provider recommends will be based on a number of factors.
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Treatment Goals

Treatment for coronary artery disease will vary on the particular situation. Everyone diagnosed with coronary artery disease will need to undergo lifestyle changes. Depending on the severity, these may be the only changes a person needs to make. For more serious conditions, treatment may include medications or certain procedures.
The goals of coronary artery disease treatment are to:
  • Relieve symptoms
  • Slow or stop atherosclerosis by controlling or reducing the risk factors
  • Lower the risk of blood clots, which can cause a heart attack
  • Widen or bypass clogged arteries
  • Reduce cardiac events.
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