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Date:2/27/2012

and 2010."

"For many people, conservative medical therapy is the right thing, but for those who have a lot of symptoms, having a coronary intervention is a reasonable strategy," he said.

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, co-director of the University of California, Los Angeles Preventive Cardiology Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine, agreed that medical therapy is the first choice for patients with stable heart disease.

Coronary stenting should be reserved for those patients who have worsening symptoms despite optimal medical therapy, he said.

For patients with stable coronary artery disease, "the most effective and valuable therapy to prevent disease progression, heart attacks, stroke, heart failure and premature cardiovascular death is a combination of medications together with lifestyle modification," Fonarow added.

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For more information on heart disease, visit the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: David L. Brown, M.D., professor, medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, New York;James C. Blankenship, M.D., Geisinger Medical Center Cardiovascular Medicine, Danville, Pa., and spokesman, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions;Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., professor, cardiovascular medicine and science, and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, and co-director, University of California, Los Angeles Preventive Cardiology Program, David Geffen School of Medicine; Feb. 27, 2012, Archives of Internal Medicine


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