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Treatment & care

Treatments for heart disease range from low-tech to high-tech. Read about them, along with advice for relatives and people who care for those with heart disease.


There are a variety of drugs prescribed for patients with heart disease.

Learn tips for choosing and taking heart disease medications.

For certain people, heart disease treatment can be achieved without an operation.

Learn about coronary bypass surgery and the different types of this procedure .

Read about the use of pacemakers here and how they are implanted.

Learn how ablation is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.

Learn about heart palpitations and how they are treated.

Diseased heart valves can be treated with surgery and without surgery. Read about the treatment options.

Find out about dealing with cardiac emergencies. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, could be a life saver.

“AEDs" for short, are devices capable of interpreting a person's heart rhythm and automatically delivering a shock to prevent sudden death. Read more.

Find out more about ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators) for treating abnormal heart rhythms.

Read more about the class of medicine known as nitrates that serve to dilate the blood vessels.

Warfarin and heparin are two common medicines used to thin the blood following heart surgery. Read more about blood thinners and how to take them.

Antiplatelet drugs are used to treat heart disease. Examples of antiplatelets include clopidogrel and low-dose aspirin.

INR blood tests are normally performed at a GP's surgery or anticoagulant clinic, but home testing kits are available for some people.

Learn more about left ventricular assist devices. 

Diuretics are a type of medicine used to treat heart disease. Find out more about why they are prescribed, and how to take them.

Beta-blockers are a class of medicines used to treat heart disease. Read more.

Cardioversion is a treatment using an electrical device to shock the heart. This "reboot" can sometimes help reset the electrical signals. Learn more

Read more about heart transplant surgery. 

Find out about all of the treatments available for heart failure. 


Heart surgery recovery takes a lot of care. Here are some very, very important tips for the aftercare of someone who has undergone heart surgery.

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