• Heart and Vascular Disease

    Treating Angina with COURAGE and FAME-2: Meds, Stents, or Both?

    Clinical trials and other studies provide important data for you and your doctor to consider when you work together to develop a treatment plan for your angina. Doctors and other healthcare professionals use evidence from these studies to develop guidelines for the most effective treatment for patients whose diagnosis, medical history, age, race, and other characteristics and circumstances are similar to those of patients in the study.

    Living with Stable Angina: Prepare Your Action Plan

    Angina can be painful and frightening but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. If you take action and work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that’s right for you, you can find relief from your symptoms. Learn what to do when angina strikes and how to work with your doctor on a long-term treatment plan.
  • Treatment and Prevention

    Living with Stable Angina: Prepare Your Action Plan

    Angina can be painful and frightening but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. If you take action and work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that’s right for you, you can find relief from your symptoms.
  • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

    Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.

    Dolf Bachmann - World’s First Angioplasty Patient Now 68 Years Old and “Happy All Around”

    On Sept. 16, 1977, Dolf Bachmann, then 38 years old, became the first patient to undergo balloon angioplasty. Now 68 years old, Bachmann describes himself “in excellent condition, free of complications and happy all around.” Watch as he recalls his experience as the first angioplasty patient and the remarkable role he played in the development of a procedure that has saved many lives and improved quality of life for many more.

    Ed Gartner – The right treatment option for an active lifestyle

    Ed Gartner built his life around living a healthy and active lifestyle. As a community recreational director, tennis instructor, and competitive tennis player, a heart condition was the last thing he thought would keep him out of the game. But that’s exactly what happened, as chest discomfort began bothering him whenever he exerted himself. Read more about the treatment that returned Ed to the lifestyle he loves – so well that he even beat his own cardiologist in two sets of tennis!

    Eugene Davis – Treating Total Blockage Brings Back Joy of Retirement

    Living with heart disease didn’t seem to limit 67-year-old Eugene Davis’ opportunities to enjoy retirement. He had undergone bypass surgery in 1995 and had successfully treated the high blood pressure, shortness of breath and fatigue that sent him to surgery 20 years ago. But in 2008, things changed and he found himself struggling with even simple household chores. When medications failed to help, he and his doctor’s tried another option. Read Eugene’s story to learn how heart disease can progress and how it can be successfully managed.

    Gary Lawrence - Angioplasty One Day, Anniversary Trip to Europe the Next

    Despite regular visits to his cardiologist and medication, Gary notice a decline in his energy levels, chronic fatigue, loss of stamina, and other symptoms that were keeping him from doing the things he enjoyed. When tests revealed blockages in his heart arteries, Gary and his doctor discussed his options. He got treated and is now enjoying his retirement, doing things he never thought he could. Read his story.