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Do interventional procedures cure coronary artery diseases?

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Dr. Mark Rasak answered

Specializes in Cardiology

They modify the coronary plaques they dont cure them.

Answered Aug 15, 2012

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Since artery disease in the walls & the arteries typically expand exactly in proportion to the localized disease, blood flow is not affected for decades. Plaque ruptures shedding debris & inducing clots induce the events (most asymptomatic despite damage). Interventions are about seeing narrowings & brute force stretching the artery further out to reduce the narrowings. Can ↓symptoms, & ↑problems.

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Interventions are meant to relieve symptoms associated with hemodynamically significant blockages but don't remove atherosclerosis already there. Ongoing medical therapy is essential. In short, stents don't make you live longer but can help you live better.

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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