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Diuretics (water pills) decrease fluid buildup in the body and are effective in treating high blood pressure. In addition, new research suggests that diuretics can help to prevent stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. For those people who already have heart failure, diuretics can help to reduce fluid buildup in the lungs and swelling in the feet and ankles.
Nitrates relax blood vessels and are used to treat chest pain. Different forms of this medication can be used to relieve the pain of an angina attack, to prevent an expected episode, or to reduce the number of attacks that occur by using the medicine regularly on a long-term basis. The most commonly used nitrate for angina is nitroglycerin.
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