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Heart Attack
Five classes of medicines we have evaluated are used to treat people who have had a heart attack. It is not uncommon for a person who has had a heart attack to be prescribed two or three types of drugs, to lower their risk of another attack.

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.
  • 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.