A diagnosis of heart disease is life-changing. So, what is the best way to live longer and better manage symptoms? To answer these questions, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Living with Coronary Heart Disease.
The program is for people diagnosed with coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease. This program distinguishes between treatments that relieve symptoms and those that help individuals live longer. The program shows people the key role they play in managing their heart disease by taking medications, quitting smoking (if they smoke), being physically active and eating a heart-healthy diet.
Through interviews with real patients, cardiologists and a nurse, this program shows how people can work with providers to develop a plan to manage heart disease.
This program was developed with our production partner, Health Dialog. It is available as a DVD, a booklet and a web-based program (Health Crossroads®) for Health Dialog members.