More arguments for conservative treatment of coronary artery disease in chronic form

Authors: L. Kotík
Authors‘ workplace: Interní oddělení Thomayerova nemocnice, Praha
Published in: Kardiol Rev Int Med 2014, 16(1): 39-43
Category: Cardiology Review


Invasive methods for treatment of coronary artery disease in chronic form were, for a long time, believed to be causal treatment that definitely diminish patient morbidity and mortality. By contrast, lifestyle and pharmacological therapy were seen as valuable but not lifesaving. In the last few years a change can be seen in the view on coronary artery disease. It is a much more diffusive and complicated process in the coronary tree. It is not merely a question of the critical stenotic areas; the new idea of vulnerable plaque, which presents the same danger of complication as critically stenotic areas, is also important. A great surprise for experts was the result of various studies confirming the inability of invasive procedures to prolong life in patients with chronic coronary disease. On the other hand, there has been more evidence that lifestyle changes and expanding pharmacological possibilities can have a significant positive effect on morbidity and mortality. This article aims to present the problem as it is currently being discussed.

chronic coronary artery disease –  invasive and conservative therapy –  vulnerable plaque –  lifestyle changes –  expanding pharmacological possibilities


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