How is coronary artery atherosclerosis treated following revascularization therapy?

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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Patients presenting with stable angina or ischemia after physiologic testing and who have undergone revascularization therapy, either in the form of PCI or CABG, benefit from adjuvant pharmacologic therapy and aggressive risk reduction. In post-PCI patients, adjuvant pharmacologic therapy, such as administration of intravenous glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (eg, eptifibatide, abciximab), oral aspirin, clopidogrel, or ticlopidine, significantly reduces adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Consultation with a cardiac rehabilitation team is recommended for assistance with aggressive risk reduction, which comprises smoking cessation, weight management, physical exercise, and lipid control.


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