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Ventricular Septal Defect (cont.)

Medications

  • Vasodilators: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers are used to decrease the work load on the left ventricle.


  • Digoxin (Lanoxin) increases the strength of the heart muscle to deal with the greater blood volume.


  • Diuretics such as Lasix (furosemide) or spironolactone help remove excess fluid from the body so the heart doesn't have to work as hard and the patient feels much better.

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