What is Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart stops, resulting in dead heart cells. The cause is usually a buildup of cholesterol in the artery. Symptoms include chest pain, indigestion, chest tightness, palpitations, sweating, and coughing.

Treatment for heart attack includes hospitalization, surgery, medication, change in diet, and exercise. Common drug classes used to treat heart attack are beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, anticoagulants, ARBs, and antiplatelet drugs.

Savings Tips for Heart Attack

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    Metformin is an inexpensive generic drug widely used for type 2 diabetes in the U.S. Although it only costs pennies, it is now featured on the World Health Organization’s list of “essential medications.” Now, metformin (the brand is Glucophage) is also being studied for cancer and aging prevention.
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    July 13, 2015

    You probably already know that many prescriptions have side effects. Most are mild—annoying issues like nausea or sleepiness that are inconvenient at worst. Others, however, can be deadly.

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Popular Heart Attack Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
ACE Inhibitors 7 See Prices
ACE Inhibitors 7 See Prices
Beta Blockers 8 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Heart Attack Drug Classes

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