ABCDEs of Diabetes: “D” – Drugs to protect your heart
There are several drugs (medications) available that help protect your heart. It could be drugs for blood pressure, cholesterol, or Aspirin. They are useful even if your blood pressure and cholesterol are at the recommended goal.
Do you need medication to protect your heart? Fill out the chart below and discuss the results with your diabetes educator or endocrinologist at your next appointment:
Which drugs would be given to me and what do they do?
|Category||What does it do?||Name of drugs|
|ACE Inhibitors||Lowers blood pressure
(also used in people who have congestive heart failure)
Angiotensin Receptor Blocker
|Lowers blood pressure
(also used in people who have kidney damage or congestive heart failure)
|Statin||Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol||Lipitor (Atorvastatin)