Advertisement

How can medication help prevent cardiovascular problems?

If you are at significant risk of heart disease; have had a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event; or have undergone procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, or bypass surgery, your doctor will prescribe medications as part of your treatment plan for primary and secondary prevention:
  • Primary prevention is when medications are prescribed to prevent heart disease. An example of this would be starting a cholesterol medicine before plaque begins to build up in the blood vessels.
  • Secondary prevention is when medicines are prescribed to limit the progress of heart disease or reduce its symptoms.
If you or your primary care doctor has any questions about the medications that have been prescribed for you, be sure to talk to your prescribing cardiologist before making any changes. Improving your cardiovascular health depends on carefully taking prescribed medication and maintaining ongoing contact with your cardiologist. Remember, caring for your cardiovascular health does not end when you leave the cardiologist’s office or hospital. It is only the beginning.

Continue Learning about Heart Disease

Lose Weight, Improve Your Heart Muscle
Lose Weight, Improve Your Heart Muscle
Losing a little weight sure can improve the shape of your body. And it's a great way to improve your heart's physique, too. A small study found that ...
Read More
What is the most common form of heart disease?
CTSurgeryPatients.orgCTSurgeryPatients.org
The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease, sometimes referred to as coronary ...
More Answers
7 Drug-Free Ways To Treat Heart Disease
7 Drug-Free Ways To Treat Heart Disease7 Drug-Free Ways To Treat Heart Disease7 Drug-Free Ways To Treat Heart Disease7 Drug-Free Ways To Treat Heart Disease
Medication isn't the only way to get your heart healthy again. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American adults and, if left untreated, ...
Start Slideshow
How Much Does Stress and Depression Affect the Risk for Heart Disease?
How Much Does Stress and Depression Affect the Risk for Heart Disease?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.