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Norvasc Uses for Heart DiseaseThe term "heart disease" usually refers to coronary artery disease. The coronary arteries are blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. When these arteries become clogged with fatty deposits called plaque, it's called coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, or just heart disease. Clogged arteries can keep the heart from getting enough blood and oxygen, and can cause chest pain. If a blood clot forms, it can suddenly cut off blood flow in the artery and cause a heart attack.
Norvasc helps the arteries to relax, which helps to relieve and prevent chest pain (known medically as angina). There are several types of angina, including:
- Stable angina (exertional angina or exercise-induced angina)
- Unstable angina
- Variant angina (Prinzmetal's angina).
Stable angina is the most common type and occurs when the heart is working harder than usual. The angina pain comes at predicable times (such as during exercise) and usually goes away in a few minutes after you rest or take your angina medicine.
Unstable angina is a dangerous condition that requires emergency treatment, as it is a sign that a heart attack could occur soon. Unlike stable angina, it does not follow a pattern. It can occur without physical exertion and is not relieved by rest or medicine. Variant angina is rare; it usually occurs at rest and is caused by spasms in the arteries of the heart. Norvasc is used to treat both stable angina and variant angina.
Norvasc is also approved to treat coronary artery disease in people who do not have angina symptoms. Usually, heart disease is found in these people during a procedure called cardiac catheterization. The medicine can help prevent hospitalization due to chest pain and surgery in these people.
In general, Norvasc should not be used in people with heart failure. It can cause fluid retention, which may be especially dangerous in people with heart failure.