Coronary Artery Disease (cont.)
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Although treatment for coronary artery disease is increasingly successful at prolonging life and reducing complications and hospitalization, the disease can lead to a heart attack, a stroke, and other fatal conditions. It's a good idea to think about end-of-life decisions before these events happen, while you are still active and able to talk about your wishes.
When you are diagnosed with coronary artery disease, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. If your heart disease is advanced and your life will most likely be shortened by the illness, your doctor may talk to you about whether you want to be revived (resuscitated) when your illness progresses and your breathing stops. You may want to learn more about aggressive life-sustaining medical treatment and whether it is right for you. For more information, see:
Many other decisions about end-of-life issues, such as writing a living will and estate planning, can be made in advance, leaving valuable time for spending with loved ones and on other important matters. For more information, see the topics Care at the End of Life and Writing an Advance Directive.
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