Even with your best efforts at prevention through lifestyle changes and medications, your coronary arteries could become dangerously obstructed with the buildup of plaques. When this happens, your physician might recommend a revascularization procedure—for example, angioplasty or bypass surgery—to prevent the blockages from worsening and triggering a heart attack.

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Written By:

Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D.

Director, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease

Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 14 Mar 2011

Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015