Prevalent Cardiovascular Diagnoses

Cardiovascular drugs represent the highest volume of prescription medications in the top 200 and those commonly taken by patients in a general dental practice (Box 5). Based on the mechanisms of action of these drugs, the most common cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) encountered in oral healthcare settings include hypertension, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, and thromboembolic complications.

Box 5. Top 200 Prescription Drugs Dispensed by U.S. Community Pharmacies. 19-21
Major drug classes Rank
Cardiovascular 1
Analgesics 2
Antimicrobial 4
Endocrine/metabolic 5
Respiratory 6
Gastrointestinal 7
Genitourinary 8