Decision aid: Treating cardiovascular diseases

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You can use this decision aid for various cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) diseases such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart rhythm disorders.

Depending on which specific condition you have, the symptoms and causes will vary, as well as the outlook, necessary diagnostic tests and preventive measures. There may also be different treatment options: Medication is an option for some kinds of cardiovascular diseases, while heart surgery may be needed for others. Multiple treatments are often needed for cardiovascular diseases, sometimes as alternatives, and sometimes in combination.

This decision aid is intended to help give you, together with your doctor or other specialist, an idea of your possible treatment options. Then you can then choose one or more suitable treatments.

Preview of decision aid cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular diseases: What are my treatment options?

Four A4 pages

IQWiG health information is written with the aim of helping people understand the advantages and disadvantages of the main treatment options and health care services.

Because IQWiG is a German institute, some of the information provided here is specific to the German health care system. The suitability of any of the described options in an individual case can be determined by talking to a doctor. can provide support for talks with doctors and other medical professionals, but cannot replace them. We do not offer individual consultations.

Our information is based on the results of good-quality studies. It is written by a team of health care professionals, scientists and editors, and reviewed by external experts. You can find a detailed description of how our health information is produced and updated in our methods.

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Created on November 14, 2023

Next planned update: 2026


Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG, Germany)

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