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Coronary Artery Disease
Four classes of medicines we have evaluated are used to treat people with coronary artery disease, CAD. It is not uncommon for a person diagnosed with CAD to be prescribed two or more types of drugs.

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

  • Statins – used to treat people with high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and people who have had a heart attack or stroke, or are at high risk of either.
  • 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.
  • ACE Inhibitors – used to treat people with high blood pressure, heart failure (also called congestive heart failure), diabetes, or people who have had a heart attack.