Heart failure, as the almost 6 million Americans with it know, doesn’t mean “failure.” It doesn’t mean “stopped.”
If you have the condition, it may mean a new lifestyle and a new way of thinking. It means living with a serious, chronic disease.
The important word there: living.
“First of all, heart failure is an unfortunate and inaccurate term,” says Lynne Warner Stevenson, the director of the cardiomyopathy and heart failure program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “It usually means that the...
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.