Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Angina Drugs

Medications that improve blood flow through the coronary arteries include:

  • Aspirin:
    • Thins the blood, in to order lower the risk of blood clots in the coronary arteries
  • Heparin:
    • Thins the blood, in to order lower the risk of blood clots in the coronary arteries
  • Nitrates:
    • Open coronary arteries and let the heart work more efficiently
  • Platelet inhibitors:
    • Thins the blood, in order to lower the risk of blood clots in the coronary arteries
  • Thrombolytic medications:
    • Clot busting medication
  • Morphine:
    • Reduces anxiety and increased blood flow through coronary arteries

Additional medications that benefit the heart:

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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