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Medical Management for Heart Failure

 

Call (718) 283-7315 for an appointment with an Advanced Heart Failure specialist or request an appointment online.

 

Heart failure is often treated with a combination of medications. The heart failure experts at Maimonides Advanced Heart Failure Center take a personalized approach to develop an individualized course of treatment to meet your special needs. 

Medications prescribed to treat heart failure may include:

  • Diuretics are water pills that help your kidneys produce more urine. This results in less fluid for your heart to pump. With less to pump, the heart does not need to work so hard.

  • Beta Blockers are drugs that lower the blood pressure and slow the heart rate, possibly lessening the stress which may play a part in heart failure.

  • Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors are drugs that help to keep your heart failure from getting worse. Sometimes they even shrink an enlarged heart back to normal size.

  • Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARB) are drugs that help relax blood vessels which assist in lowering blood pressure and allow the heart to pump easier.

  • Aldosterone Antagonists are drugs that help rid the body of extra fluid and lower blood pressure. Blood potassium and creatinine (for kidney function) will be closely monitored.

  • Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker Neprilysin Inhibitor (ARNI) is a new combination drug (sacubitril/valsartan) used in patients with a reduced EF and may replace the use of ACE Inhibitor or ARB therapy. It has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of death and hospitalization.

  • Lanoxin (Digoxin) is a medicine that strengthens the heart muscle to help pump more blood with each heartbeat.