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How do medications treat ischemic heart disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Several medications are available to treat ischemic heart disease. Some drugs, like aspirin, thin the blood to allow for less obstruction of the arteries. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and beta blockers reduce blood pressure, nitroglycerin opens the arteries, and a range of medicines change the balance of good and bad cholesterol in the blood stream.

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