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What factors can help determine which medications for heart disease may be best for you?

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  • In choosing the type of medication you need to treat heart disease, your doctor will consider factors including: The causes of your heart disease
  • How your body responds to different drugs
  • Any other health problems you might have
  • Other medications you are taking

It may take some trial-and-error testing to find the combination of heart disease medicine that works best for you. Many people need more than one type of drug in order to get the best results. Some of these medications are combined into one pill.

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News release, FDA.  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."  American Heart Association: "Cardiac Medications At-a-glance;" "Cholesterol-lowering Drugs;" and "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure."  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."  National Library of Medicine.  MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 8, 2018

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA.  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."  American Heart Association: "Cardiac Medications At-a-glance;" "Cholesterol-lowering Drugs;" and "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure."  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."  National Library of Medicine.  MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 8, 2018

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