What are Cardiovascular agents?
Cardiovascular agents are medicines that are used to treat medical conditions associated with the heart or the circulatory system (blood vessels), such as arrhythmias, blood clots, coronary artery disease, high or low blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart failure, and stroke.
There are many different classes of drugs that fall under the general term cardiovascular agent. Some work directly on the blood vessels surrounding the heart, reducing how much force the heart has to pump against. Others lower cholesterol levels and help reduce the formation of atherosclerotic plaques which cause blood vessel narrowing. Some work in the kidneys to increase fluid and salt loss or improve blood flow through the kidneys. The type of cardiovascular disease the person has determines which class of cardiovascular agent to use.
Types of Cardiovascular agents
Please refer to the drug classes listed below for further information.
- agents for hypertensive emergencies
- agents for pulmonary hypertension
- aldosterone receptor antagonists
- Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors
- angiotensin receptor blockers
- angiotensin receptor blockers and neprilysin inhibitors
- antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting
- antiadrenergic agents, peripherally acting
- antianginal agents
- antiarrhythmic agents
- anticholinergic chronotropic agents
- antihypertensive combinations
- ACE inhibitors with calcium channel blocking agents
- ACE inhibitors with thiazides
- angiotensin II inhibitors with calcium channel blockers
- angiotensin II inhibitors with thiazides
- antiadrenergic agents (central) with thiazides
- antiadrenergic agents (peripheral) with thiazides
- beta blockers with thiazides
- miscellaneous antihypertensive combinations
- potassium sparing diuretics with thiazides
- beta-adrenergic blocking agents
- calcium channel blocking agents
- inotropic agents
- miscellaneous cardiovascular agents
- peripheral vasodilators
- renin inhibitors
- sclerosing agents
- vasopressin antagonists
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.