Clogged Artery Prevention and Treatment
How clogged arteries are prevented or treated will depend upon various factors, including the patient’s lifestyle, medical history and family medical history.
The most common preventative measures used include a low fat diet, and getting to and maintaining a healthy body weight. Other preventative measures are more focused on the lifestyle of the patient, and include quitting smoking, creating and maintaining a regular exercise program, managing stress and the use of medications to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
Once the arteries become clogged, medication, stents or surgery may be used to return good blood flow to the affected arteries. A stent is a small metal device that is placed in the blood vessels to help restore proper blood flow.
In 2010, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton underwent the stent insertion procedure, receiving two stents. He had previously (2004) undergone quadruple bypass surgery. He is an example of how living a normal life after either procedure is possible for patients.