Common Heart Disease Medications

Lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, controlling diabetes and treating heart rhythm disorders are common heart disease medications. "I cannot emphasize enough lifestyle modification will be key, but if we do not get to the point that we want just with lifestyle changes, then that is when we need to start some medication," says Dr. Paula Montana de la Cadena, Cardiovascular Specialist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. She explains the first-line of medication for hypertension should be diuretics, but if the patient is diabetic, there are other medications that would be a better choice for that patient, because doctors choose those medications based on history and guidelines.

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