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Lifestyle Management After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)  involves angioplasty and often stenting. This procedure can open arteries and relieve symptoms. But, it doesn’t cure coronary artery disease. New blockages can still form. You need to take steps to prevent this by managing risk factors. Doing so will help make your heart and arteries healthier. Your doctor may prescribe cardiac rehabilitation to help with this lifelong process.

Understanding risk factors

Some risk factors for coronary artery disease can be controlled. These include smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. They can be managed with medication, diet, and exercise. Support and counseling can also play a role. The effort will pay off! Managing risk factors can help you be more active, feel better, and reduce the risk of heart attack.

If you smoke, quit!

If your doctor has been urging you to quit smoking, it’s for good reasons. Smoking damages your heart, blood vessels, and lungs. The good news is that quitting can halt or even reverse the damage of smoking. To quit now:

  • Get medical help. Ask your doctor for advice on stop-smoking programs. Also ask about medications or nicotine replacement therapy products that may help you quit smoking.

  • Get support. Join a support group. Ask for help from your family and friends.

  • Don’t give up. It often takes several tries to succeed in quitting smoking.

  • Avoid secondhand smoke. Ask family and friends not to smoke around you.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 11/18/2013
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