The physician today is presented with a plethora of possibilities in the therapy of each of the aspects of ischemic heart disease (Fig. 15-5). There is the temptation to recommend complex and impossible dietary prescriptions coupled with several pharmaceutical agents for control of anginal pain, hypertension, arrhythmias, hypercholesterolemia, and clinical congestive heart failure. While each of the objectives may be in part valid, the burden on the patient of following such a constraining and difficult life may make it virtually impossible either to enjoy life or to follow the physician's recommendations explicitly. Often a compromise must be reached between theoretically optimal therapy and that which is reasonable and acceptable to the patient. Again, a review of each aspect of the program with the patient may aid in establishing that which is possible rather than that which is ideal.