When heart-healthy lifestyle changes don't sufficiently reduce risk factors of coronary artery disease, or CAD, prescription medications may be necessary to lower blood cholesterol, blood pressure, or both. Other medications may be prescribed in order to:

  • Decrease the chance of a heart attack or dying suddenly
  • Prevent blood clots, which can lead to heart attack or stroke
  • Prevent or delay the need for a medical procedure or surgery
  • Reduce the heart's workload and relieve CAD symptoms

Patients who are prescribed medication for CAD should continue to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Beta Blockers
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme, or ACE, Inhibitors
Statins or HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Angiotensin Receptor Blockers, or ARBs
Calcium Channel Blockers