Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Is it possible to reverse coronary artery disease?

Ask the doctor

Is it possible to reverse coronary artery disease?

Q. I have coronary artery disease. Is this something I can have cured or get rid of, or is keeping it from getting worse the best I can do?

A. If you have the gumption to make major changes to your lifestyle, you can, indeed, reverse coronary artery disease. This disease is the accumulation of cholesterol-laden plaque inside the arteries nourishing your heart, a process known as atherosclerosis.

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