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.

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