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Support for Caregivers
If you are a spouse, partner, son or daughter, relative or friend of someone with coronary artery disease you have a lot of company among individuals visiting this website. Research shows that 57% of all health-related web searches are done on behalf of a friend or relative.

Very often when someone is diagnosed with a disease or told they will need to go into the hospital for treatment, they are initially too shocked or too scared to think clearly about their options. A support person can play an invaluable role in helping a patient understand what is happening, decide about treatment, prepare and recover.

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Of course, you have your own fears and concerns. Maybe you're worried that your spouse will become ill, unable to take care of you. If you're a son or daughter, you may have your own kids to take care of and feel over-extended by your parents’ health problems.

Most importantly, you want to be sure your relative is getting the best possible care.

The Caregivers section of is intended to help you support and assist your family member. It is designed to help you with your own needs as well. You've already taken the first and most important step -- seeking information. Knowledge about angioplasty and coronary artery disease will reduce everyone's anxiety and allow your family to make the choices that are best for you.

In the coming months will look at the many ways friends and family can support individuals with Coronary Artery Disease. Among the topics that will be addressed:

  • Gathering, Evaluating and Sharing Information
  • Dealing with Family Dynamics
  • Participating and Advocating
  • Helping with Post-Procedure Care
  • Facilitating Future Wellness: helping with rehab, diet, exercise, stress
  • Caring for the Caretaker: keeping yourself relaxed and well
You can begin your visit here by exploring the following articles in the Treatment section of, in order to familiarize yourself with angioplasty and related interventional procedures:  
Also, join our new Caregivers discussion thread on the Forum.