Medication for Coronary Artery Disease

Although medical treatments have come a long way, controlling risk factors is the key to preventing illness!

Medication for Coronary Artery DiseaseMedication is prescribed according to the nature of the patient’s coronary artery disease and other problems.

The symptoms of angina can generally be controlled by “beta-blocker” drugs that decrease the workload on the heart, by nitroglycerine and other “nitrates” and by “calcium-channel blockers” that relax the arteries, and by other classes of drugs.

The tendency to form clots is reduced by aspirin or by another platelet inhibitory and anticoagulant drugs. Beta-blockers are given to decrease the recurrence of heart attack.

For those with elevated blood cholesterol that is unresponsive to dietary and weight loss measures, cholesterol-lowering drugs may be prescribed, such as lovastatin, colestipol, cholestyramine, gemfibrozil, and niacin.

Impaired pumping function of the heart may be treated with digitalis drugs or ACE inhibitors. If there is high blood pressure or fluid retention, these conditions are also treated.

Ask your doctor which medication you are taking, what it does, and whether there are any side effects. Knowing more about this will help you stick to the schedule that has been prescribed for you.

Although medical treatments for heart disease have come a long way, controlling risk factors remains the key to preventing illness and death from coronary artery disease.

Death from coronary artery disease, therefore, is preventable because coronary artery disease is related to certain aspects of lifestyle.

Risk factors include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity–all of which can be controlled.

In this section

Coronary Artery Disease
Quantity of Sleep May Raise Heart Disease Risk
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
Coronary Artery Disease Surgical Options
Medication for Coronary Artery Disease – You are here
Coronary Artery Disease Risk factors
Coronary Artery Disease Symptoms
Coronary Artery Disease Treatment Options
Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosis

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