Why Are Cardiac Medications Important?
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People with heart disease often take medications to improve and manage their health. Your doctor will decide on the best combination of medications for your condition and situation. Your pharmacist will then work with you to ensure that the medications you use are the most effective. You may need to take some of these medications for the rest of your life.

Cardiac medications can:

  • Improve the lining of your arteries
  • Improve your cholesterol
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Prevent blood clots
  • Reduce the amount of work your heart has to do

Classes of Medications

Medications are divided into classes. Each class does something different to help manage your condition. Common classes of medications are:

Your Cardiac Medications

The first step in managing your medications is to know what you are taking. With your medications nearby, read the information on this site. We have listed:

  • The class of medication
  • The benefits of taking the medication
  • What the medication does (the action)
  • Side effects
  • Common names of the medications
    • Brand names are listed for information only. UHN’s Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Program is not recommending or endorsing any specific brand of medication.


  1. Your local pharmacist can help you with:
    • Medication organizer packs
    • Medication delivery 
    • Medication counselling
  2. The MedsCheck program allows you to schedule a 20 to 30 minute one-on-one meeting with your community pharmacist to ensure that you are safely and appropriately using all types of medication. Think of it as a comprehensive medication review. And it´s free! Just bring your OHIP card.
    Visit the website or Contact INFOline at 1-866-255-6701 or TTY 1-800-387-5599
  3. Medication Information (The Heart and Stroke Foundation)