The Management of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), where your arteries harden, blood flow is disrupted, and heart muscles weaken, is a concerning, potentially fatal disease. That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that doctors are regularly asked if it is possible to cure CAD. The answer you’ll get from most cardiologists in Dubai confirms that heart conditions can’t be cured per se, much like diabetes, or hypertension. They can, however, be managed and controlled.

CAD is a condition that can be effectively managed with the help of lifestyle changes and by minimizing risk factors. Dean Ornish, Founder, President, and MD, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, has written a book in which he elaborates on the patients with CAD who were in line for a heart transplant but who enrolled in the Ornish program and were able to reverse the damage to their heart to a great extent. What does that tell you? It’s evidence that the risk factors for coronary conditions are modifiable. For instance, you can control diabetes, keep your cholesterol under the threshold, and it’ll help prevent the heart condition from worsening.

However, coronary artery disease cannot be reversed, effective management can just slow down its progression. Managing CAD means you are trying to keep the worst-case scenario at arm’s length by following a healthy and strict regime.

So, how can coronary artery disease and its risk factors be controlled?

  • Introduce a drastic change in your diet
  • Walk for thirty minutes a day, yoga, stress reduction, meditation
  • Maintain your weight
  • Avoid smoking as well as secondhand smoke inhalation
  • Watch your alcohol and salt intake

Above all, visit a cardiologist in Dubai, and talk about the medications you need to help your heart and keep it healthy. You can also join a cardiology rehabilitation program to help you to stick to the rules of your new lifestyle.


Dr. Arun Asok Cherian

Specialist Cardiologist

Aster Clinic, Bur Dubai



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