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What is the primary prevention of coronary heart disease?
24 doctors weighed in

David Miller
Family Medicine
15 doctors agree
In brief: Lifestyle
There are risk factors you can't control, like family history and diseases you've had that put you at risk.
Most of the risk factors are within your control, such as diet and exercise to keep you LDL low and your HDL high. Discuss preventive measures with your doctor as everyone can benefit from this, get regular checkups and blood tests to help plan prevention. Do not smoke or take drugs.

In brief: Lifestyle
There are risk factors you can't control, like family history and diseases you've had that put you at risk.
Most of the risk factors are within your control, such as diet and exercise to keep you LDL low and your HDL high. Discuss preventive measures with your doctor as everyone can benefit from this, get regular checkups and blood tests to help plan prevention. Do not smoke or take drugs.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Charles Jost
Excellent answer by Dr. Pizzo. Also check your blood sugar and keep it under control since diabetes severely aggravates coronary artery disesase.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Prevention
Primary prevention implies preventing the disease from ever happening.
Secondary prevention implies preventing a second complication after having a first complication. Primary prevention would include healthy diet, exercise, avoiding cigarettes, weight loss, and lowering cholesterol.

In brief: Prevention
Primary prevention implies preventing the disease from ever happening.
Secondary prevention implies preventing a second complication after having a first complication. Primary prevention would include healthy diet, exercise, avoiding cigarettes, weight loss, and lowering cholesterol.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Preventing 1st prob.
Primary prevention of coronary heart disease is the act/task of preventing the first problem: heart attack, stent, bypass surgery, etc.
Secondary prevention is preventing an event after on has already occurred. So preventing a second heart attack or preventing a heart attack after bypass surgery, etc. Primary prevention is great because heart disease fatalities are very common.

In brief: Preventing 1st prob.
Primary prevention of coronary heart disease is the act/task of preventing the first problem: heart attack, stent, bypass surgery, etc.
Secondary prevention is preventing an event after on has already occurred. So preventing a second heart attack or preventing a heart attack after bypass surgery, etc. Primary prevention is great because heart disease fatalities are very common.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Dr. Maureen Mays
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Initial prevention
Primary prevention is the prevention of disease, in this case coronary artery disease through actions such as exercise and diet.
Secondary prevention is early detection, e.g. By treadmill testing. Tertiary prevention is the prevention of complications after an event, e.g. Cardiac rehab after a heart attack.

In brief: Initial prevention
Primary prevention is the prevention of disease, in this case coronary artery disease through actions such as exercise and diet.
Secondary prevention is early detection, e.g. By treadmill testing. Tertiary prevention is the prevention of complications after an event, e.g. Cardiac rehab after a heart attack.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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