Heart Failure (cont.)
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You probably will need to take several medicines to treat heart failure, even if you don't have symptoms yet. Medicines don't cure heart failure. But they can help your heart work better and improve any symptoms that you do have.
It's very important to take your medicines exactly as your doctor says. If you don't, your heart failure may get worse or you may get sudden heart failure. For more information, see:
The medicines you take will depend on the type of heart failure you have. Some of the medicines treat the heart's pumping problems (systolic heart failure), while others treat problems with filling (diastolic heart failure). The most commonly used medicines are listed below.
Medicines for pumping problems (systolic heart failure)
Medicines for filling problems (diastolic heart failure)
Medicines that might be used include:
You also may take other medicines for health problems that can cause heart failure or for problems caused by heart failure. These problems include irregular heart rhythms, blood clots, and high blood pressure.
The medicines include:
What to Think About
Talk to your doctor before you take any over-the-counter medicines. Some of them might make your symptoms worse. For more information, see:
You may have regular blood tests to monitor how the medicine is working in your body. Your doctor will likely let you know when you need to have the tests.
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