Fast Five Quiz: Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis Management

Arnold S. Baas, MD


May 06, 2022

Unless contraindicated, beta-blockers are recommended for all patients with stable angina who have had an acute coronary syndrome or who have left ventricular dysfunction.

Following an acute coronary syndrome, dual antiplatelet therapy should be administered for 1 year followed by lifelong aspirin therapy.

Although inflammation is a risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis, antibiotic therapy has not been shown to play a role in its secondary prevention.

Nitrates are effective agents for the treatment of acute anginal symptoms. In patients with chronic stable angina, nitrate therapy improves exercise tolerance, time to onset of angina, and ST segment depression during exercise testing. In this setting, they are particularly effective in combination with beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers.

Learn more about primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery atherosclerosis.

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