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Future heart attacks are prevented by the prevention of atherosclerosis or plaque formation in the coronary arteries and by the stabilization and regression of existing plaque through lifestyle modification and medication. Coronary bypass surgery and angioplasty with stent placement do not prevent future heart attacks in patients with chronic CHD. These procedures only relieve ischemia in the distribution of established stenoses. All women must take personal preventive action to prevent CHD death and disability by working to prevent plaque formation and promote stabilization of existing atherosclerotic disease. This is the basis of CHD prevention in women.

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