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Overview of Heart Medications
Medication can help your heart in the following ways:
- Decrease your heart's workload
- Maintain good blood flow to the heart muscle
- Decrease the risk of forming blood clots
- Control heart rhythm disorders
- Control heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol
- Relieve pain and promote sleep
Different medications produce different effects, and effects can vary from person to person. Your healthcare providers may start you on one or more medications, assess how well they work and how well your body is tolerating them, and then make adjustments or additions if necessary.
Table of Common Heart Medications
Only your healthcare providers can tell you the exact purpose of your specific prescriptions. However, it's likely that your medications fall into the categories described in the table below (PDF). Use this table as a reference to help you learn more about the medication you're taking.