If you or a loved one has heart failure, you probably know how important good daily habits are to treatment. A healthy weight, active lifestyle, and proper medication are all key ways to take charge of the disease.
But even you’ve been carefully following doctor’s orders, it’s crucial to keep an eye out for the return of symptoms. That’s because heart failure can be under control for a time and then become an issue again.
Keep up with your regular checkups, and know which symptoms may mean your...
They’re usually taken on an empty stomach an hour before meals. Follow the label on how often to take them. The number of doses you take each day, the time between doses, and how long you’ll take your ACE inhibitor will depend on what you were prescribed as well as your condition.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness upon rising: These may be strongest after the first dose, especially if you have been taking a diuretic (water pill). Get up more slowly. Call your doctor if these symptoms persist or are severe.
Salty or metallic taste and a decreased ability to taste: This effect usually goes away as you continue taking the medication.
Cough: If this symptom persists or is severe, call your doctor. Otherwise, ask him what type of cough medicine you may use.
If you have any of the following side effects, call your doctor right away:
If you have swelling of your neck, face, or tongue, get emergency medical help immediately. Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you become sick with severe vomiting or diarrhea, you may become dehydrated, which can lead to low blood pressure. Call your doctor. Also contact your doctor if you have any other symptoms that cause concern.