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  1. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

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    Heart failure usually gets worse over time. But there are many things you can do to feel better,stay healthy longer,and avoid the hospital. Self-care means managing your health by doing certain things every day,like weighing yourself. It's about knowing which symptoms to watch for so you can avoid getting worse. When you practice good self-care,you know when it's time to call your doctor ...

  3. Topic Overview

    High-output heart failure happens when the body's need for blood is unusually high,so heart failure symptoms happen even though the heart is working well. This type of heart failure happens to a very small number of people with heart failure. What happens to the heart? High-output heart failure occurs when the normally functioning heart cannot keep up with an unusually high demand for blood to ...

  4. Topic Overview

    Cardiac cachexia is unintentional severe weight loss caused by heart disease. The weight loss might be life-threatening. It can happen to people with severe heart failure. Even with a very good appetite and high calorie intake,some people lose muscle mass. Cardiac cachexia can require supplemental nutrition. How does heart failure cause it? Heart failure may cause blood to back up into the ...

  5. Heart Failure: Watching Your Fluids

    Too much fluid in your body can make it harder for your already - weakened heart to pump. Your doctor may prescribe a diuretic to help get rid of excess fluid. He or she may also suggest that you limit liquids so that your body can get rid of the extra water and sodium.Key pointsMonitoring your fluid intake can reduce complications and hospitalizations.All foods that melt (such as ice cream, ...

  6. Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about restrictive cardiomyopathy: What is restrictive cardiomyopathy? How can I learn more about heart failure? Getting treatment: What medicines do I take for heart failure? What's the right way to take medicines? What is a heart transplant? Should I get a pacemaker (cardiac resynchronization therapy)? Should I get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)? Living with restrictive ...

  7. Topic Overview

    Systolic heart failure happens when the left side of your heart doesn't pump blood out to the body as well as normal. What happens to the heart? Systolic heart failure typically affects the left side of the heart. This is the side that pumps blood to the body. The heart's lower chamber,called the left ventricle,cannot pump blood as well. It's called systolic because your ventricle doesn't ...

  8. Other Treatment

    Biventricular pacingSeveral new medical advances benefit people with heart failure. One is the biventricular pacemaker, which synchronizes the rhythm of the heart's chambers (cardiac resynchronization). It has been shown to improve quality of life in people who have severe heart failure and heart rhythm problems.6 New guidelines from the American Heart Association recommend biventricular pacing ..

  9. Cause

    Heart failure is caused by diseases or other factors that affect the pumping ability of the heart, specifically the left lower chamber (left ventricle). When the heart cannot pump well, it is called systolic heart failure. Things that affect how the heart pumps include:Coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack (most common causes).Damage from poorly controlled high blood pressure or ...

  10. Coping With Your Feelings

    Heart failure brings big changes to your life. You may struggle with sadness and worry. You may wonder if you'll still be able to enjoy your life. Coping with your feelings and seeking help when you need it can help you live better with heart failure. Depression and anxiety One Woman's Story: Joan,54 "I would sit at my kitchen table and feel I was in this cloud of dread. I didn't feel like ...

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