If you've been diagnosed with heart disease, you and your doctor have probably discussed heart disease medicines you need to maintain your heart health.
Your doctor has hundreds of different heart disease medicines to choose from. These medicines work in a variety of ways to help your heart work better. What are the different types of heart disease medicines? How do they help? Here is a list of the types of heart disease medicines:
Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest.
Shortness of breath.
Nausea or vomiting.
Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly or in one or both shoulders or arms.
Lightheadedness or sudden weakness.
A fast or irregular heartbeat.
After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself. By taking an ambulance, you may be able to start treatment before you arrive at the hospital.
Nitroglycerin. If you typically use nitroglycerin to relieve angina and if one dose of nitroglycerin has not relieved your symptoms
within 5 minutes, call 911. Do not wait to call for help.
Call your doctor if:
Your angina symptoms are different, more frequent, or severe.
Who to see
To see if you are at risk for heart
disease, have symptoms of heart disease, or need long-term care
for existing heart disease, see your
family doctor or
internist. For diagnosis of coronary artery disease,
you may see a
cardiologist. For ongoing care of stable angina, you
will likely see your family doctor or an internist. For angioplasty or surgery,
you will be referred to an interventional cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon.