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Do interventional procedures cure coronary artery diseases?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
No: They modify the coronary plaques they dont cure them.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
NoNarrowing/Symptoms: 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.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Coronary: 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.

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