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How do medications treat unstable angina?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you have unstable angina and seek emergency medical care, it is likely that you will be treated with either an angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery. Unstable angina is a life-threatening medical condition.

However, since people who experience unstable angina often have coronary artery disease, your doctor may want to you to take medications that may prevent another incident of unstable angina. These include aspirin, which helps blood flow more easily, and statins, which reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood and can even reduce cholesterol buildup. Nitrates, calcium channel blockers, and beta blockers are often used to treat angina, because they all cause blood vessels to become more open so that blood can flow.

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