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Heart Attack Risk

Published: March 1, 2010

Q: I have angina, and some of my arteries are blocked. What are my chances of having a heart attack, and can a prescription drug like Imdur control chest pain?

A: Severe blockages in coronary arteries can certainly cause a heart attack. Often, such blockages can be propped open with stents, which can relieve the angina. When people have good collateral circulation (new blood vessels bypassing the blocked ones and supplying the heart with blood), then nothing further may need to be done. Imdur (isosorbide mononitrate) helps relieve angina, Taking aspirin, a statin, an ACE inhibitor, and a beta blocker may be recommended, too.

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