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What medications and therapies might work better for heart failure in women?

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Different medications and therapies for heart failure may work better in women. They include:

  • Beta-blockers. They are sometimes used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Aldosterone antagonists. They help the body get rid of water.
  • Pacemakers. These devices control your heartbeat.

SOURCES:

University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands: “Differences between men and women with heart failure.”

American Heart Association: “Women & Cardiovascular Disease: Statistical Fact Sheet 2015 Update,” “Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics,” “Common Myths About Heart Disease.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Heart Disease: Differences in Men and Women.”

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease: “Congestive Heart Failure,” “Heart Failure: Symptoms in Women, Objective 1.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : “Heart Failure: Women Different than Men,” "Reproductive Factors and Incidence of Heart Failure Hospitalization in the Women’s Health Initiative.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors,” “Heart failure.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women,” “Heart failure in women.”

Revista Espanola de Cardiologia (Spain): “Heart Failure: Are Women Different?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Failure in Women.”

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: “Gender differences in patients with heart failure.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 05, 2017

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SOURCES:

University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands: “Differences between men and women with heart failure.”

American Heart Association: “Women & Cardiovascular Disease: Statistical Fact Sheet 2015 Update,” “Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics,” “Common Myths About Heart Disease.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Heart Disease: Differences in Men and Women.”

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease: “Congestive Heart Failure,” “Heart Failure: Symptoms in Women, Objective 1.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : “Heart Failure: Women Different than Men,” "Reproductive Factors and Incidence of Heart Failure Hospitalization in the Women’s Health Initiative.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors,” “Heart failure.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women,” “Heart failure in women.”

Revista Espanola de Cardiologia (Spain): “Heart Failure: Are Women Different?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Failure in Women.”

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: “Gender differences in patients with heart failure.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 05, 2017

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