Reducing angina symptoms
There are many ways to treat chronic angina. Your cardiologist may suggest one or more of the options below based on your symptoms, health, and medical history.1 Click on the tabs to learn more.
Medicines for angina
Several kinds of medicines are used to treat patients with chronic angina. The American College of Cardiology Foundation includes these medicines in its treatment guideline1,12:
- Nitrates (nitroglycerin)
Nitrates relax and widen blood vessels. This allows more oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart
Beta-blockers slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure. When heart rate and blood pressure are lower, the heart does not work as hard and needs less oxygen
- Calcium channel blockers
Calcium channel blockers make blood vessels relax, so blood pressure goes down
Today, there are other medicines for angina. Be sure to ask your cardiologist which medicines are right for you.
Always tell your cardiologist about any changes in your angina. Be sure to tell your cardiologist about any side effects that you have during treatment.
The goal in treating chronic angina is to12:
- Reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort
- Allow a return to normal activities