Submitted by Dr T on June 3, 2013 – 4:07pm
No present treatment can cure Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)! If you have heart disease your present heart-healthy lifestyle will slow down the progression of disease or even control your symptoms but will not reverse the process of atherosclerosis that caused your heart disease. However, you can live a long and symptom free life if you continue like this.
Although some proclaim occasionally the disease process can be reversed, if true, it would take too many years to be of practical use. So most treatments are to treat the complications. Statins can correct your cholesterol, but for atherosclerosis to disappear (and with it blockages in your arteries), would take many, many years. Stents and bypass surgery can improve the blood flow, but aslo don’t treat the atherosclerosis that causes CAD.
Hope this helps,