Heart Medications

Given the many conditions that affect the heart, it's no surprise that hundreds of medications have been developed to treat heart disease and related conditions. Medications are available to:

·       lower cholesterol

·       lower blood pressure

·       slow the heart rate

·       stop abnormal heart rhythms

·       improve the force of heart contractions

·       improve circulation in the coronary arteries (nitrates and other anti-angina medications)

·       prevent blood from clotting (anticoagulants (also known as blood thinners) and antiplatelet agents)

·       break apart clots that have formed in an artery or vein (thrombolytics, also known as clot busters)

·       remove excess water from the body (diuretics, also known as water pills)

The development of these medications have helped dramatically decrease death rates from cardiovascular disease in the United States and other developed countries.

Heart Medications Articles

Arthritis pain relief while taking warfarin

People who take warfarin should avoid taking over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Taking the two medications together can increase the risk of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and elsewhere in the body. (Locked) More »

Which blood pressure drug is right for you?

There are hundreds of medications that a doctor may prescribe to treat high blood pressure. The most common drugs include diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs), beta blockers, and calcium-channel blockers. Each medication works differently in the body, and there are many different varieties of those drug types. Choosing one or more is based on a person’s other health conditions. (Locked) More »

Low-dose aspirin for people with heart disease

In the United States, about seven in 10 adults with heart disease follow national guidelines that recommend taking a low-dose aspirin to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. A low-dose aspirin tablet is 81 milligrams. (Locked) More »

New studies support statin guidelines

The latest guidelines used to determine who should take a cholesterol-lowering statin to prevent heart disease appear to be more accurate and cost-effective than the previous guidelines. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Understanding ejection fraction

A normal ejection fraction—the volume of blood pumped out of the heart’s left ventricle—is 55% to 65%. For people with a low ejection fraction, medications and exercise (under a doctor’s supervision) may help improve or stabilize the ejection fraction. More »