drugs encompass a large number of prescription medications that are used
to control heart disease. It is a complicated group of drugs with many
being used for multiple heart conditions.
For example, Propranolol
is a common cardiovascular drug that can be used to treat hypertension
as well as arrhythmias.
You may also encounter patients
who have one or more cardiovascular conditions such as CHF, hypertension
and an arrhythmia. These patients may be taking multiple medications for
If you look at the list of
Top 200 drugs, you will find that 25% of those drugs are cardiovascular
drugs, which is another good reason to become familiar with these drugs
and how they might interact with other medications.
Cardiac (digitalis) glycosides
are commonly used in the treatment of congestive heart failure (CHF).
Consult the table below for more information on their mechanism of action
and adverse effects.
were initially the only drugs capable of relieving the symptoms of angina,
but now other classes of drugs (beta-adrenergic blocking agents &
calcium channel blockers) are equally as effective.
Note: drugs do not cure
the condition and angina can occur at anytime, so it is important for
you to know how to manage
an angina attack that occurs in the dental office.
control blood pressure by several different mechanisms. In many cases,
several different classes of hypertensive drugs are used to maintain adequate
control of the persons blood pressure.