Heart disease can be a scary diagnosis. Luckily there are many treatments available for coronary artery disease to help improve symptoms and prevent heart attacks. To help people decide which treatment is right for them, the Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Treatment Choices for Coronary Artery Disease.
This program describes coronary artery disease, also called coronary heart disease or stable angina, including what causes symptoms (angina) and heart attacks. It discusses the importance of taking medicines and making lifestyle changes in order to improve heart health. The program describes other treatment options that people may be offered, such as stents and bypass surgery, and compares the benefits and risks of the different approaches.
Interviews showcase the perspectives of real patients who chose each option. The program also features cardiologists and a heart surgeon.
This program was developed with our production partner, Health Dialog. It is available as a DVD, a booklet and a web-based program (Health Crossroads®) for Health Dialog members.