What is the role of nitrates in the treatment of unstable angina?

Updated: Oct 01, 2020
  • Author: Walter Tan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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IV nitrate agents may be used in the treatment of ischemic chest pain, symptoms of heart failure, or hypertension, but these drugs are not associated with appreciable long-term clinical benefit. Nitrate agents are contraindicated for patients with right ventricular infarction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM), and severe aortic stenosis.


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