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  1. Topic Overview

    Most people with heart failure can still have an active sex life. But sexual problems are common. Your interest may drop,or you may have shortness of breath or other symptoms that limit your ability to have sex. Men may have erection problems. To make sex easier on you and your heart: Avoid sexual activity when: It's very hot or humid outside. You're under stress. You've just had a meal. ...

  2. Topic Overview

    One of the most frightening aspects about having heart failure is that it can lead to premature death. The increased death rate among people with heart failure is in part caused by the tendency of those with heart failure to develop abnormal heart rhythms. Some people with heart failure die suddenly from abnormal rapid heart rhythms (called ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation) ...

  3. Heart Failure: Taking Medicines Properly

    Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can make you feel better, help your heart work better, and help you live longer.Key pointsTake a list of your medicines or bring your medicines with you when you visit your doctor. Include both medicines that were prescribed to you by other doctors and any nonprescription medicines and natural supplements that you take. Review the list with your .

  4. Topic Overview

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  5. Topic Overview

    There are many medicines that you'll need to avoid when you have heart failure. Some are over-the-counter drugs that you can buy without a prescription. Others are drugs that a doctor may prescribe. Do not start taking any of the medicines listed in the table below unless your doctor says it is okay and he or she knows that you have heart failure. If your heart failure is mild,you may be ...

  6. Topic Overview

    If the function of your heart is very poor,you may be at risk for developing a blood clot,called a thrombus,inside your heart. Blood clots in the heart are a risk factor for the type of stroke that is caused by a small piece of the clot breaking off and traveling to the brain. In certain circumstances,you may need to take a blood thinner (such as warfarin) to prevent a blood clot from ...

  7. Topic Overview

    Beta-blockers have been shown to reduce symptoms and improve survival in people with systolic heart failure. Beta-blockers can also be helpful for people with diastolic heart failure. One of the main causes of diastolic dysfunction is that the heart does not have enough time to relax and fill before pumping blood out to the rest of your body. By slowing your heart rate and reducing the force ...

  8. Topic Overview

    Nitrates are medicines that act as vasodilators because they mimic the effect of one of the body's own natural chemicals called nitric oxide,which causes arteries and veins to widen (dilate). Nitrates can improve heart failure symptoms by: Dilating the coronary arteries. These are the arteries that carry blood to the heart itself. If your heart failure is caused by coronary artery disease,...

  9. Topic Overview

    How do medicines relieve my symptoms? Medicines for heart failure help relieve the symptoms of heart failure by: Removing excess fluid from the body. The class of medicines known as diuretics acts principally to rid the body of excess fluid. Improving the ability of the heart to pump more effectively. Another type of medicine,digoxin,works primarily by increasing the strength of the ...

  10. Topic Overview

    When your heart begins to fail,your body tries to compensate for decreased blood flow by stimulating the heart to pump faster and more forcefully. Your nervous system does this by releasing a chemical called epinephrine into your blood and by releasing norepinephrine from nerve endings on the heart. At first,these chemicals (epinephrine and norepinephrine) increase the pumping action of your ...

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