If you have heart disease, medicine along with lifestyle changes may be part of your treatment plan to reduce the risk of future health problems. You may be taking many medicines. Certain medicines can greatly lower your risk of another cardiac event. That’s why it’s important for you to understand your medicines and take them correctly, according to the American Heart Association (AHA)
Common Medicines for Heart Failure
ACE Inhibitors are medicines that help relax the blood vessels and allow the heart to pump blood more easily. This cuts down on the work of the heart and lowers blood pressure. They also lower the risk of stroke of stroke, heart attack and kidney problems.
Beta Blockers are medicines that relax blood vessels and slow the heart down. These medicines are used to treat high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
Diuretics are medicines used to decrease swelling and get rid of extra fluid. Getting rid of extra fluid helps your heart and lungs work better. They are also known as “water pills.” Potassium is given when you have low potassium levels. You may have low potassium levels as a side effect of medicine you take or a medical condition.
Digoxin is a medicine that helps your heart be stronger and beat regularly.
Statins are medicines that help the body process and remove LDL (bad) cholesterol. This not only lowers cholesterol but protects the inner lining of the arteries.
Spironolactone and eplerenone are medicines that block the chemical Aldosterone which can cause high blood pressure or make heart failure worse. These medicines help lower blood pressure and also get rid of extra fluid.
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