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  Prescription Drugs and Heart Disease

There are many prescription drugs on the market for heart disease. Advances in medical technology have led to the development of various prescription drugs designed to prevent and to treat heart disease and its varying symptoms.

The type of drug you take will vary depending on the form of heart disease from which you are suffering or for which you are at risk. Coronary artery disease, for example, can be treated by a number of different prescription drugs. Patients who suffer from coronary artery disease may be treated with beta-blockers. Beta-blockers, in effect, block the affects of adrenaline on the beta receptors in the body. They also cause widening of the arteries which works to slow down the heart, and they can make the heart contract less powerfully. These effects diminish blood pressure, and the heart does not have to work as hard. Some commonly used prescription beta-blockers include Betapace, Blocadren, and Levatol.

Other prescription drugs that doctors may prescribe to patients at risk for heart disease are ACE inhibitors, or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. These types of drugs are used to treat and prevent high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be a major contributing factor in heart disease. This is because high blood pressure places a larger, more difficult workload on the heart and blood vessels. Some commonly prescribed ACE inhibitor drugs include Monopril, Altace, and Vasotec.

There are hundreds of prescription drugs available to treat a wide variety of symptoms of heart disease. For example, drugs like warfarin can be used to help prevent blood clots. This drug is also used to treat heart arrhythmias. Other drugs may be prescribed to heart disease patients to normalize heart rate, improve the heart’s ability to pump blood, and treat pericardial disease. If detected early, for example, heart muscle disease can be controlled and treated with prescription therapy.

With the wide variety of prescription drugs available to prevent and treat heart disease, you will be best served by discussing with your doctor whether any type of prescription therapy would be helpful for you, especially if you are in a high-risk group.