Advertisement

What are nitrate medications?

Kynthia James
Critical Care Nursing

Nitrates also known as nitroglycerin are a type of medications that is used to treat chest pay or angina. The medications dilate the blood vessels that pump blood to the heart and as result decrease chest pains.

Nitrate medications are drugs administered to relieve chest pain (angina) that is associated with narrowed arteries to the heart that are starving the muscle of blood and oxygen. Angina is the body’s response to oxygen deprivation. It is a serious sign that the heart muscle is in danger of being damaged, or even dying. These drugs allow the arteries to the heart to expand, restoring blood flow and alleviating pain. Patients who have had previous heart attacks or angina may be prescribed nitrate medications.

Continue Learning about Nitrate

Do nitrates interact with any other medications?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
If you are taking dihydroergotamine, a nitrate may not be a good option for you. If you are taking ...
More Answers
Why are nitrates recommended for coronary artery disease management?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
If a beta blocker cannot be used or has unacceptable side effects, a long-acting nitrate is sometime...
More Answers
How do nitrates treat heart disease?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
Nitrates are medications used to prevent, reduce, or relieve angina. Nitrates work by relaxing the m...
More Answers
How effective are nitrates for coronary artery disease management?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Nitrates have been shown to increase exercise tolerance. In combination with beta blockers or calciu...
More Answers

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.