So which angina treatment is better — angioplasty and stenting or medications?
Your medical condition will determine whether having angioplasty and stenting or taking medications will work better for you. Talk to your doctor about which angina treatment is best for your situation. Consider this:
- People who have angioplasty and stenting first may feel better quicker. For example, their chest pain may decrease quicker than those who just take medication.
- People who take only medications for angina may not feel better as quickly, but medications require no recovery time and are less expensive than angioplasty and stenting. If you choose to take medications to treat your angina, it's important that you take them exactly as your doctor says so that you get the most benefit.
What if your angina treatment doesn't work?
If you try medication and lifestyle changes first, but they don't relieve your angina, angioplasty and stenting may be another option. In some cases coronary bypass surgery may be needed. It might be reasonable to try more-conservative steps first — medications and lifestyle therapy — before considering angioplasty and stenting or other treatments.
Research is ongoing in new therapies and medications to treat angina. Discuss with your doctor if other therapies may be appropriate for you.
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned that medications or stents aren't controlling your angina. Remember that with any treatment plan, lifestyle changes are important.
April 06, 2016
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