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Why do doctors prescribe nitroglycerin for chest pain?

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Doctors usually prescribe nitroglycerin for angina pectoris, which often is called just "angina." It’s sudden heart-related chest pain. It happens because something prevents the flow of blood to your heart muscle. Nitroglycerin helps widen the blood vessels so more blood gets to your heart muscle. That helps stop the pain.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 7, 2020

SOURCES:

Graboys, T. Cardiology, Sept. 16, 2003.

Hambrecht, R. Cardiology, June 4, 2013.

Amsterdam, E. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online December 23, 2014.

Boden, W. Drug Design, Development and Therapy, published online August 19, 2015.

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Erectile Dysfunction.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Harvard Men's Health Watch: Which drug for erectile dysfunction?”

Schwartz, B. Circulation, published online July 6, 2010.

Warnica, J. Angina Pectoris, Cardiovascular Disorders, Merck Manual Professional Version, Merck & Co., Inc. 2016.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 7, 2020

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