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The treatment that you receive for CAD depends on your symptoms and the severity of your condition.  Treatment of CAD may involve lifestyle changes, medications, interventional procedures, and surgery.  Lifestyle changes may involve attaining and maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, cholesterol level, and blood sugar level.  It can be helpful to exercise regularly and eat a diet that avoids salt, saturated fats, cholesterol, and trans fats.  It is very important to quit smoking.
 
There are a variety of medications that work in different ways to help treat CAD and the factors that contribute to it.  Such medications may work to lower cholesterol, thin blood, decrease heart rates, lower blood pressure, and stop chest pain.  Some medications may work to improve blood flow by opening the blood vessels and relaxing the arteries.
 
Coronary angioplasty (balloon PTCA), stenting, athrectomy, and radiation implant or brachytherapy are interventional procedures that may be used to treat CAD.  A coronary angioplasty is a procedure that opens blocked coronary arteries.  A stent may be inserted to ensure that the coronary artery remains open.  Coronary brachytherapy delivers radiation into the coronary arteries.  It is usually reserved for people that have had difficulties with stents.
 
Minimally invasive heart surgery may be used to treat CAD.  Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) involves taking a blood vessel from another part of the body to create a detour around a clogged artery to restore the blood flow to the heart.  Blood vessels are commonly taken from the leg and surgically attached to the coronary artery.  It may be necessary to have bypass surgery on one or more coronary arteries.

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