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Common Prescription Medications
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If you have heart disease, you will likely be prescribed one or more medications. These are used to treat high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure or heart disease itself (e.g., relieving chest pain). Some of the most common include: 


Helps prevent heart attacks and blood clotting; discuss proper dosage with your doctor in order to avoid stomach ulcers. 

ACE Inhibitor (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor)

Stops production of a chemical that makes blood vessels narrow; used for high blood pressure and heart muscle that has been damaged.  


Reduces how hard the heart must work; used for high blood pressure, chest pain, and to prevent another heart attack. 

Calcium Channel Blocker 

Relaxes blood vessels; used for high blood pressure.

Blood Cholesterol Lowering Agent

Decreases bad (LDL) cholesterol and/or increases good (HDL) cholesterol. 


Makes the heart contract harder and can slow some fast heart rhythms. 


Decreases fluid in the body; used for high blood pressure. 


Relaxes blood vessels and reduces chest pain. 
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