Cardiovascular disease

Heart attack prevention

About Heart attack prevention

Most heart attacks happen when a clot in a coronary artery blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart. If it's not treated quickly, a heart attack can cause heart muscle tissue to die, and can make it difficult for your heart to pump blood out to the rest of your body.

You can do your part to prevent a heart attack in the following ways:

  • Medications: If you're at risk of having a heart attack or if you've already had one, medications such as antihypertensives for blood pressure, statins for cholesterol, and blood thinners like aspirin can help your heart and blood vessels function better.
  • Lifestyle: Eat heart-healthy foods, exercise regularly, and get lifestyle conditions like diabetes under control.
  • Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking directly damages your heart and blood vessels.

Symptoms of Heart attack prevention
  • Chest discomfort: Pressure, squeezing, or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort in the upper body: Arms, shoulders, neck, or back
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating

Top Medications for Heart attack prevention according to our users

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All Medications for Heart attack prevention

  • Antihypertensive > ACE inhibitor

    • Aceon
      (Perindopril)
      Prescription only

      Aceon (Perindopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Altace
      (Ramipril)
      Prescription only

      Altace (Ramipril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function. Easy to use if you can't swallow whole capsules.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antihypertensive > Angiotensin receptor blocker

    • Micardis
      (Telmisartan)
      Prescription only

      Micardis (Telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Pain reliever > Salicylate

  • Anticoagulant > Anti-platelet

  • Anticoagulant > Heparin

    • Lovenox
      (Enoxaparin)
      Prescription only

      Lovenox (Enoxaparin) is a good anticoagulant that reduces the risk of death or bleeding, and blood clots are less likely to happen. However, it is only available as an injection which isn't great if you're afraid of needles.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Anticoagulant > Vitamin K antagonist

Medication side effects for Heart attack prevention

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  • Altace: 7%
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