This is a really big problem.
Of all the specialties in medicine, Cardiology has an a overwhelming amount of data to support the medications we prescribe.
- Statins: very effective in reducing events in both the primary and secondary situations
- ACE inhibitors/ARBs: controls blood pressure, reduces events in patients with vascular disease, controls heart failure
- Beta blockers: Protects the heart after a heart attack
- Aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix): vital for preventing clots in fresh stents
I could go on and on ...
However, these medications do not work if they are not taken consistently, in the correct way.
Make sure you understand why you take a specific medication and how to take it correctly.
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