How to Live Longer and Healthier With Coronary Heart Disease
Exercising regularly and maintaining an optimistic outlook are two key ingredients to living longer with coronary heart disease.

How to Live Longer and Healthier With Coronary Heart Disease

People who thrive after a CHD diagnosis usually approach life with a proactive and positive attitude, rather than dwell too long on their health challenges.

Despite remarkable improvements in treatment and a growing awareness of prevention strategies, coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. However, the mortality rate for CHD is declining, and people are living longer and with a greater quality of life with this condition. So how do some coronary heart disease patients thrive after their diagnosis, while others struggle? It usually starts with adjusting your mental outlook and taking steps to preserve your health.

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    Risks and Symptoms

    Stress Tests Helpful Only in Response to Certain Symptoms

    An exercise stress test is a common screening used to help diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD) or a heart rhythm problem that is brought on by exertion. A standard stress test uses an electrocardiogram (EKG) to measure changes in the heart’s electrical activity. Imaging...

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    Surgery and Devices

    Study: Cardiac CT Reduces Need for Angiography in Some Patients

    In some cases, non-invasive computed tomography (CT) scanning can help diagnose or rule out heart disease in people with atypical symptoms.

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) can be diagnosed in several ways. For some people, a heart attack is their first clue that the arteries in the heart are blocked.

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    Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

    These conditions can sometimes lead to heart failure and other serious cardiac conditions. Seeing the right specialist is important.

    You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease. But it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes. One of...

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  • Michael Rocco, MD

    Surgery and Devices

    Ask the Doctors: March 2017

    I had bypass surgery many years ago after a heart attack when I was in my early 50s. I will need another bypass. What should I know going into my second operation? After the death of actress Carrie Fisher there seemed to be mixed reports about whether she died of a heart attack or...

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    Coronary Artery Disease

    How to Live Longer and Healthier With Coronary Heart Disease

    People who thrive after a CHD diagnosis usually approach life with a proactive and positive attitude, rather than dwell too long on their health challenges.

    Despite remarkable improvements in treatment and a growing awareness of prevention strategies, coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. However, the mortality rate for CHD is declining, and people are living longer and with a greater quality of...

    Continue Reading

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Download the Full March 2017 Issue PDF

    A diagnosis of coronary heart disease can be emotionally devastating, especially if CHD is discovered after a heart attack. It’s quite common for someone to become anxious or depressed after a heart attack or after a procedure, such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or...

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