The 5 main types of medication used in the treatment of Cardiac Disease
It is a cheap and very effective drug that has been proven to reduce deaths from heart attacks and strokes. Once started on aspirin you are likely to be on it for life unless problems develop.
Ace Inhibitors (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors)
They lessen blood
Blocks the action
of hormones (notably) ADRENALINE.
Beta Blockers names mostly end in an ....olol.
NEVER STOP BETA BLOCKERS SUDDENLY
These are used
to relieve Angina.
GTN tablets or spray (Glyceryl Trinitrate)
These are quick acting nitrates. They provide relief from Angina within minutes.
Remember if using the tablets, once the seal is broken they loose their effectiveness after 8 weeks.
The spray will last for several years.
Long Acting Nitrates
These act in the same way as the short acting nitrates, but they are released into the blood stream over a period of hours.
One big problem.
It is important
to have a nitrate-free period during the 24 hour period.
If you take the slow release tablets and you are on them twice a day. Take them morning and lunch time.
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs
The overall aim
of diet and drug treatment for high cholesterol is to lower the amount
of cholesterol in the blood, especially Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol.
Statins inhibit the production by the liver of LDH.
ALL STATINS SHOULD BE TAKEN AT NIGHT
Common Statins are:
Other drugs that can be used, should a Statin not be suitable are Fibrates.
DO NOT USE BENACOL WHEN TAKING STATINS
Other Common Cardiac Drugs
Cardiac Care Team - Author: Maggie Jones
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