How to Manage CAD

Saturday, 14 August, 2010

How to Manage CAD (Coronary Artery Disease)

Health care professionals have been raising awareness of CAD for years now and how patients can prevent and manage this disease that effects millions of people every year that also leads to heart attacks.  If you are a medical professional consider taking an ACLS course, especially if you work in areas like Emergency Department, ICU, or PACU.  This course helps in increasing the knowledge of heart arrhythmias and how to intervene with the appropriate treatments.

CAD effects the vessels of the heart.  It damages the vessels and causes blockages to occur that restricts blood flow to the muscle of the heart, leading to heart attack or even death.  Diet, Exercise and Medications can help in managing CAD.  Although the ACLS course does not include CAD in it’s algorithms, it certainly includes heart attacks and how to intervene quickly and provide the appropriate treatments.  Diet is important in preventing or helping the disease.  Low fat and increase in vegetables are highly recommended.  Also, eliminate saturated fats.  These types of fats are very harmful for your vessels.

Exercise helps strengthen the heart’s muscle.  It is recommended to perform at least 30 minutes a day three times a week.  The ACLS course is approved by the American Heart Association and most medical professionals should consider taking this course and the certification is valid for 2 years.  Exercise also helps with the cholesterol portion to help keep the vessels from clogging with plaque.

It is important to keep follow up appointments with your primary care doctor for recommendations in medications that may be needed to help with CAD.  Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor are all medications that may be needed to help with CAD in preventing plaque from building up inside the vessels.  The ACLS course will teach you how to recognize heart related problems and how you should follow the algorithm for each particular arrhythmia.  Medications will not cure CAD, but will help in prevention.  Blood work will also need to be done on a regular basis to help regulate medicine and monitor cholesterol levels.

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