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Living With Coronary Artery Disease
What you need to know about coronary artery disease and heart attacks
 Related Resources
• Cardiology 101
• Glossary of common terms
• Symptom checker
• Common heart tests

Here are the resources you need to help make sure you (or your loved one) are getting the care you need when you already have coronary artery disease. Essential information everyone should know is presented in Basic Information on Coronary Artery Disease.  Critical steps that need to take place to improve the odds of surviving a heart attack, and living a long life after the acute episode is finished, is shown in Surviving a Heart Attack.  But doing well with coronary artery disease involves more than just surviving the acute heart attack - check out Other Important Things You Should Know about coronary artery disease.

Basic Information on Coronary Artery Disease

The coronary arteries
A quick review of the coronary arteries and what they do. 

Coronary artery disease - an overview
Common manifestations of coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease - illustrated
A quick, illustrated review of coronary artery disease.

The risk factors for coronary artery disease
Learn about the risk factors for coronary artery disease and how to treat them.

Tests commonly used to diagnose coronary artery disease
Cardiac catheterization and angiography
Stress testing
Thallium and sestamibi (Cardiolite) scans
Ultrafast CT scan

Useful inks
Links related to coronary artery disease
Links related to heart attacks

Surviving a Heart Attack

How to survive a heart attack - the first 24 hours
Here is the care you need to expect in the first critical hours of a heart attack.

How to survive a heart attack - after the first day
After the first critical 24 hours, there is still a lot that you and your doctors have to do just right to maximize your chances of returning to a rich, full life.

A post-heart-attack check list
A check list of all the things that your doctor should discuss with you after a heart attack.

Sudden death after heart attacks
All too often, a patient survives a heart attack and is apparently doing well, only to die suddenly from cardiac arrhythmias.  Fortunately, this catastrophe can usually be prevented - if the doctor pays appropriate attention to the risk of sudden death.

Heart attack care - still not good enough
Despite major breakthroughs in heart attack care, recent evidence suggests doctors are not employing even the simplest new treatments at their disposal.


Other Important Things You Should Know About Coronary Artery Disease

Chest pain
A review of all the common causes of chest pain.

Unstable angina
Unstable angina often precedes a heart attack.  Here is how to recognize it, and how it should be treated.

Cardiac Syndrome X
Cardiac Syndrome X is a type of cardiac chest pain that can occur with normal coronary arteries. Here is a review of this frustrating syndrome.

Restenosis - closure of a stent after it has been placed in a coronary artery - remains the chief problem with coronary artery stents.  Here is a description of the problem, and how it is managed.

EECP to treat angina
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) is an effective, noninvasive, but seldom used treatment for angina due to coronary artery disease.  Here is what you should know about it.

Chelation fails again
Sorry, folks, chelation still doesn't work. 

Articles on drug coated stents

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