Heart diseases change how the heart works. Types of heart disease include
atherosclerosis and heart rhythm problems. It’s important to take care of your heart by eating a healthy diet, doing physical activity, not smoking, and limiting how much alcohol you drink. If you have heart disease, medicines may help control it. Common heart disease medicines include:
statins(a type of cholesterol-lowering medicine)
cholesterol absorption blockers
(a type of cholesterol-lowering medicine)
In older adults, it’s not clear if there are benefits of taking cholesterol-lowering medicines and blood thinners. Ask your healthcare provider if there are more benefits than risks for you.
Blood thinners may cause bruising and bleeding inside of your body.
Cholesterol-lowering medicines may cause:
It’s important to regularly talk to your healthcare provider and pharmacist about your medicines. Ask if you still need to take all of your medicines or if you can take a lower dose.
For more information about medicines for heart disease, search the name of the medicine in the
Current as of: March 5, 2020
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network
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