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Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure

Understanding and Managing CHRONIC HEART FAILURE Treating and Managing Chronic Heart Failure The good news is that chronic heart failure can be treated and managed very effectively in many cases. Often, a combination of therapies is used to treat the condition and its symptoms. Medications One of the most important tools in treating chronic heart failure is medication. There are several categories of medication that people with chronic heart failure are often prescribed. Many people with the condition will take at least three medications listed below. Your doctor may prescribe additional medications to treat other heart conditions. Work with your doctor to make sure all the medications you take are working as they should to treat symptoms and improve your quality of life. The medications listed below have proved to be effective in prolonging life for people with chronic heart failure, or in reducing symptoms or the chance that you may need to be hospitalized. They include: • Aldosterone antagonists: These are diuretic medications that don’t deplete the amount of potassium in the body. They can also reverse some of the damage to the heart caused by chronic heart failure and can help people with the condition live longer. However, they can raise levels of potassium beyond healthy limits, so if increased potassium is a concern, talk with your doctor before taking an aldosterone antagonist. 10


Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure
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