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When I was in the hospital after my heart attack, I was given medications to keep my blood thin, to reduce my cholesterol, and to maintain proper blood pressure. A few of these medications I will be on for quite some time. I want to share with you these medications and their importance in my new lifestyle.
Every morning, a few minutes before 9:00, I take my blood pressure. I repeat this a few minutes before 9:00 pm as well. I do this because of the blood pressure medication I’m on. Here are the medications I’m currently taking.
This is THE most important medication that I have to take. Because I had stents placed in three arteries, my blood has to be thinned out for at least a year. If I stop taking this medicine, my blood will thicken and could clot around the stents and kill me. Brilinta is pricey, but, there are ways to lower your out of pocket expense. If you have private insurance, and are prescribed Brilinta, you can use GoodRx, or, check on their website for any savings they may offer. In the event that these options don’t lower the cost to a more affordable level, consult with your doctor to check other possible medications. Your life literally depends on it.
Metoprol 25 mg
This medication regulates my blood pressure. I take it morning and night, depending on my blood pressure reading. Metoprolol is a beta-blocker that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins).
Atorvastatin is used along with a heart-healthy diet to help reduce “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol. I take this medication once a day, in the morning before I have breakfast.
Most heart attacks are caused when a blockage interrupts blood flow to the heart. Aspirin works to keep your blood flowing. When taken during a suspected heart attack, it can help prevent further damage to your heart muscle and increase your chances of survival. For more information, you can visit their website.
Having a heart attack has been an eye-opener for me as far as lifestyle changes. I’ve quit smoking, which is still an ongoing struggle. I have days where I’m not even craving a cigarette. I’ve set alarms on my phones for morning and evening to remind me to take my medications. My life is important to those who love me and to myself as well.
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