There is now a wide range of medicines available to treat angina, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, heart failure and other heart and blood vessel conditions, and reduce the risk of further heart problems in people with cardiovascular disease.
These medicines need to be taken regularly as prescribed to be effective, and usually need to be taken long term. You may need to take more than one type of medicine.
Some medicines may not be suitable for all people, and may cause side effects. However, you may not have any side effects. It is important to talk to your doctor about any side effects you are worried about. Side effects can usually be kept to a minimum by talking with your healthcare team who can change your medicines and their doses.
Introducing the Heart Foundation mobile app
Our brand new free app is the easy way to manage your medicines and health stats (including blood pressure and cholesterol). It also has plenty of healthier recipes and useful information on heart attack warning signs. It's the quick and convenient way to stay on top of your heart health.
The free app will help you:
Manage your medicines
- keep a list of current medicines your doctor has prescribed
- set up a reminder to take your medicines at the times prescribed by your doctor
- access the consumer medicines information brochure of your medicines.
Record and monitor your
- blood pressure
- waist circumference
- emotional wellbeing.
Learn about and explore heart attack warning signs
- view the heart attack action plan
- watch the warning signs of heart attack video.
Find healthier recipes
- With over 400 recipes at your fingertips you will always be able to find delicious, healthier meals and snacks to make
- use the search function to find your next healthier recipe.
Available on your iPhone, iPad or Android devices. On your mobile device or tablet go to www.myheartmylife.org.au to download our app.
For more information about medicines for cardiovascular diseases and conditions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Alternatively visit the NPS Medicine website.
Or call the NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE.
Find a pharmacy
If you need to find a pharmacy anywhere in Australia, go to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia's Find a Pharmacy service.
Learn more about community pharmacies.
Information about the medicines industry
Have you ever wondered how medicines are discovered, or how Australian scientists have contributed to worldwide treatments and disease prevention?
Have you ever considered who determines which medicines will be available in Australia, or how the Government funds the majority of prescription medicines?
To answer these questions and trace the steps of medicine, from discovery through to the pharmacy, and then to you or a family member visit the Australian Medicines Industry website.
Other support and resources
To find out what medication support programs are available visit www.freepatientsupport.com. The service is free and will connect you with free support programs.