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When will your doctor prescribe antiplatelet medication for heart disease?

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Your doctor may prescribe antiplatelet medication in these cases:

  • You have had a heart attack
  • You have unstable angina
  • You have had strokes, including TIAs (transient ischemic attacks)
  • You have another type of heart disease
  • Your doctor has noted plaque buildup in the blood vessels of your legs
  • You are at high risk for heart attack or stroke
  • You have had atrial fibrillation

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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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