Given the many conditions that affect the heart, it’s no
surprise that hundreds of medications have been developed
to treat heart disease and related conditions. Medications are
available to:
· lower cholesterol
· lower blood pressure
· slow the heart rate
· stop abnormal heart rhythms
· improve the force of heart contractions
· improve circulation in the coronary arteries (nitrates
and other anti-angina medications)
· prevent blood from clotting (anticoagulants (also
known as blood thinners) and antiplatelet agents)
· break apart clots that have formed in an artery or
vein (thrombolytics, also known as clot busters)
· remove excess water from the body (diuretics, also
known as water pills)

The development of these medications have helped
dramatically decrease death rates from cardiovascular
disease in the United States and other developed
countries.