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

Generics as safe as brand-name drugs

Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as name-brand drugs and are equally safe and effective. Generics are necessary in order to meet the worldwide demand for billions of pills. Problems in manufacturing occasionally occur with both generic and brand-name drugs. Because the FDA oversees the manufacturing process, such problems are normally caught quickly and remedied immediately. (Locked) More »

ACE inhibitors after bypass surgery

Blood vessel–dilating angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are important to the length and quality of life in people with heart disease or hypertension. Doctors do not agree, however, on the value of these drugs in people undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. (Locked) More »

Treating resistant hypertension

When a diuretic plus two other anti-hypertensive medications fail to lower blood pressure to an acceptable level, additional medications should be added until blood pressure responds. Restricting salt and increasing exercise can often help conquer “resistant hypertension.”   (Locked) More »