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Four classes of medicines we have evaluated are used to treat people who have angina –– chest pain due to narrowed or partially blocked arteries leading to the heart. Indeed, it is not uncommon for a person diagnosed with angina to be prescribed two or more types of medicines. By definition, people with angina have heart disease or coronary artery disease.

Clicking on the name of the following drug classes will take you to the page for that report:

  • Antiplatelets – used to treat people with heart disease, angina, heart attack, and stroke, and people at elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Beta–blockers – used to treat people with high blood pressure, angina, coronary artery blockages, abnormal heart rhythms, and heart failure. Also used to treat people who have had a heart attack.
  • Calcium Channel Blockers – used to treat people with high blood pressure, angina, or certain heart rhythm abnormalities. Less often used to treat people after a heart attack.