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Coronary Artery Disease (cont.)

Prevention

You can slow or even prevent coronary artery disease by taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Many people already have. More people are adopting healthy habits such as eating right, exercising more, and not smoking. Doing these things can also help reduce risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Lifestyle changes

Control your cholesterol and blood pressure

To reduce your risk of heart disease, it's important to control your cholesterol and manage your blood pressure. Quitting smoking, changing the way you eat, and getting more exercise can help. But if these things don't work, you may need to take medicines as well. For more information, see:

Click here to view a Decision Point.High Cholesterol: Should I Take Statins?
Click here to view a Decision Point.High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine?

Aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke

If you're already at risk for heart disease, taking daily aspirin may reduce your chances of having a stroke or a heart attack. That's because a daily aspirin lowers your risk of getting blood clots. Blood clots can lead to a heart attack in people with heart disease. Clots can also cause heart attacks in people who have other problems that can lead to heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Taking aspirin has some risks. Talk with your doctor before starting aspirin treatment. For more information, see:

Click here to view a Decision Point.Aspirin: Should I Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke?

Manage stress and get help for depression.

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