Medical treatment

Overview

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
  • Age
  • 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 therapiesAnti AnginalsBlood Pressure TreatmentHeart Failure TreatmentRhythm management 
AsprinBeta BlockersACEI/ARBDiureticsBetaBlockers
ClopidogrelCalcium Channel BlockersCalcium Channel BlockerDigoxinDigoxin
PrasugrelNitratesDiureticsBetaBlockersClass I, III, IV drugs
TicagrelorNicorandilBetaBlockersACEI/ARBAnti-coagulants
FibratesIvabradineAldosterone BlockersAldosterone BlockersAmiodarone
ACEI/ARBRanolazineAlpha Blockers
StatinsCentral Drugs

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Medical treatment