Which medications in the drug class Vasodilators are used in the treatment of Myocardial Infarction?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Vasodilators

Vasodilators relieve chest discomfort by improving myocardial oxygen supply, which in turn dilates epicardial and collateral vessels, improving blood supply to the ischemic myocardium.

Nitroglycerin IV (Nitro-Dur)

Nitroglycerin relaxes vascular smooth muscle via stimulation of intracellular cyclic guanosine monophosphate production, causing a decrease in blood pressure. Nitrates are useful for preload reduction and symptomatic relief but have no apparent impact on mortality rate in myocardial infarction.


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