Amlodipine for Heart Disease
Amlodipine besylate (Norvasc®) is licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is often used for the treatment of high blood pressure. Healthcare providers may also recommend amlodipine for heart disease.
The 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.
Amlodipine helps the arteries to relax, which helps to relieve and prevent chest pain (known medically as angina). The drug is specifically approved to treat stable angina and variant angina.
Amlodipine 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. Amlodipine can help prevent hospitalization due to chest pain and surgery in these people.
(Click What Is Amlodipine Used For? for more information on how amlodipine works for heart disease, the effects of this medication on blood pressure, and potential off-label uses.)