Prescribed medications can supplement surgery, treat symptoms or lower the risk of a heart attack in the first place. These medications include:
- ACE inhibitors: Lower blood pressure so the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood. It is very useful in post heart attack care.
- Aspirin: Thins the blood and serves as an anti-coagulant. It reduces the tendency of your blood to clot, which can lead to an initial or subsequent heart attack.
- Beta-blockers: Serve to slow the heart down, reduce the heart’s demand for oxygen and decreases blood pressure.
- Calcium channel blockers: Reduce high blood pressure and opens the arteries so blood can flow more easily.
- Nitroglycerin: Nitroglycerin (prescribed in tablet, spray or patch form) helps relieve chest pains by opening the blood vessels and improving blood flow to the heart. Nitrates serve the same purpose, but are longer lasting.