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How do nitrate medications help treat angina?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Nitrate medications decrease angina pain and shortness of breath by relaxing blood vessels, enabling them to expand, and reducing the pumping force the heart has to exert to circulate blood through the body.

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