What is included in patient education about coronary artery atherosclerosis?

Updated: Apr 09, 2021
  • Author: Sandy N Shah, DO, MBA, FACC, FACP, FACOI; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP  more...
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Education regarding CAD is extremely important. Publications and articles available from the American Heart Association provide a wealth of information.

The most effective and probably the most cost-efficient means of reducing the burden of disease secondary to atherosclerosis in the general population is primary prevention. The role of diet and exercise in the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease has been well established. Education of the general population regarding healthy dietary habits and regular exercise will reduce the prevalence of multiple coronary heart disease risk factors. (See Treatment and Management) For patients with risk factors refractory to lifestyle interventions, education can enhance compliance with prescribed therapy.

For patient education resources, see the Heart Health Center and Cholesterol Center, as well as High Cholesterol, Lifestyle Cholesterol Management, Chest Pain, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Angina Pectoris, and Statins (Cholesterol Drugs).

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