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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 02, 2018

SOURCES:

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

Hambrecht, R. , June 4, 2013. Cardiology

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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