Medical therapy is the term used in medicine to describe the prescription of drugs to manage a specific diagnosis or set of risk factors. The market is constantly changing with new developments driven by a multi-billion pound pharmaceutical industry.
Do I need medical therapy?
In deciding what course of treatment to take the cardiologist will need to perform a thorough investigation of your presenting condition and it will be necessary to consider the following:
- The nature and the severity of your symptoms/condition
- Other underlying disease or co-morbidity
- Family history
- Overall health
It is likely the cardiologist will undertake various testing most commonly ECG, Echocardiogram, Holter monitoring and frequently a functional exercise test.
What drugs are available and what do they do?
|Risk lowering therapies||Anti Anginals||Blood Pressure Treatment||Heart Failure Treatment||Rhythm management|
|Clopidogrel||Calcium Channel Blockers||Calcium Channel Blocker||Digoxin||Digoxin|
|Prasugrel||Nitrates||Diuretics||BetaBlockers||Class I, III, IV drugs|
|Fibrates||Ivabradine||Aldosterone Blockers||Aldosterone Blockers||Amiodarone|