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

Dizzy spells when you stand up: When should you worry?

Orthostatic hypotension is a drop in blood pressure when standing up from a sitting or lying position. With aging, the body may be less able to quickly compensate for such drops in blood pressure. Medications and dehydration can contribute. For mild cases, adjusting medications, drinking enough water, and rising slowly can solve the problem. If it ever leads to loss of consciousness or a fall, it can be dangerous. In severe cases, medication may be necessary. (Locked) More »

4 myths about statins

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been linked to various side effects and other problems. But some widely held beliefs about the drugs aren’t accurate. Statins haven’t been proven to cause memory loss, nor do they require routine blood testing. About 10% of statin users develop muscle aches, but there’s no good evidence that a popular dietary supplement can alleviate this problem. And although the potency of certain statins is influenced by grapefruit juice, eating half a grapefruit is unlikely to cause any problems.  More »

Adjusting your blood pressure medicines at home

There is a long and successful history of people with diabetes adjusting their medications based on daily indicators. Today’s blood pressure medications are remarkably effective but a large number of people who take them still don’t have their blood pressure under control. A program that allows individuals to make drug changes on their own based on strict monitoring and guidelines from their doctor may work well for some people.  (Locked) More »

Improving heart health is also good for your brain

Everything that is unhealthy for your blood vessels and your heart has also been linked to memory and thinking problems. You can safeguard your brain power by adopting a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, getting plenty of aerobic exercise, managing stress, and sticking with your heart medicines.  (Locked) More »

Top 10 cardiovascular advances of 2014

In 2014, the top 10 advances to treat and prevent heart disease and stroke include novel drugs to lower LDL cholesterol, treat heart failure, and prevent blood clots; procedures and devices that include a non-surgical treatment to replace aortic valves and a sensor to monitor people with heart failure; improvements in and newfound benefits from weight-loss surgery and a therapy for sleep apnea; and improvements to speed up treatments for stroke and guidelines for preventing recurrent stroke. More »