Medicine to lower blood pressure and the heart's workload
Medicine to prevent blood clots from forming and causing a heart attack
Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and can relieve pain and inflammation. But only aspirin will reduce your risk for heart attack or stroke. Don't substitute ibuprofen or naproxen for aspirin. If you need to take an NSAID for a long time, talk with your doctor to see if it is safe for you.
Medicine to lower cholesterol
Medicine to manage angina symptoms
Stable angina can often be controlled with medicine such as:
If you take nitrates
Do not use erection-enhancing medicines such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), or vardenafil (Levitra) if you take nitroglycerin or other nitrates for angina. Combined, these two drugs can cause a serious drop in blood pressure. Talk to your doctor. There are other medicines that may work instead to ease your angina.
For more help with controlling angina, see:
Help taking your medicines
Medicine is a powerful tool to help you manage your heart disease. To get the most of your medicines, take them as prescribed. This may be hard because of how many you have to take and their cost. You may also worry about side effects.
- Taking Medicines as Prescribed
- Dealing With Medicine Side Effects and Interactions
- Reducing Medicine Costs
You may have regular blood tests to monitor how the medicine is working in your body. Your doctor will likely let you know when you need to have the tests.