Types of Heart Medications and What They are

I am going to give you a couple of types of heart medicine and explain them to you, dear reader.

ACE Inhibitors (Angiotensin converting enzyme) prevent a substance called angiotensin enzymes that are natural in the body from turning Angiotensin I which doesn’t do anything in the body on its own, from turning into Angiotensin II. Angiotensin sometimes naturally turns Angiotensin I into Angiotensin which goes straight to work on the arteries when it is formed and makes the blood vessels get smaller and that causes high blood pressure.

Angiotensin II usually doesn’t form in the body when you are on an ACE inhibitor. When you are on an ace inhibitor blood vessels get bigger and your blood pressure gets lower. This can also be used for congestive heart failure.

Calcium Channel Blockers

Your blood vessels can get smaller if the muscles of your arteries contract and a small bit of calcium has to go through the artery muscles in special channels in the membrane of the arteries and it causes your blood pressure to rise. Calcium Channel Blockers stop the calcium from going through the muscles  of the blood vessels and causes your blood vessels to get bigger which causes your blood pressure to fall to normal levels.

Calcium Channel Blockers take away the heart muscle strain or causes it to be reduced and make the electrical impulses slow down to the heart. These medicines treat angina and arrhythmias.


Nitates make blood vessels bigger that make it easier for the heart to send out for the circulatory system and helps angina. To stop an attack of angina, you can use a nitrate that will act fast such as nitroglycerin which can be taken under the tongue which is also called sublingually.

There are also nitrates taken orally to prevent angina attacks from happening in asustained released form such as isosorbide dinitrate.

There is also a patch that contains nitroglycerin which slowly throughout the day pass nitroglycerin through your body and stop you from having an angina attack.

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