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What medications can help manage systolic heart failure?

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  • Diuretics (water pills), which help ease swelling
  • ACE inhibitors, ARB, or ARNI to widen blood vessels and lower blood pressure, making it easier for your heart to work
  • Beta-blockers to help slow heart rate and lower blood pressure
  • Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist, a type of diuretic that gets rid of extra salt and fluid and keeps needed potassium
  • Nitrate and hydralazine, which work together to relax and open blood vessels
  • Digoxin to help the heart pump harder and ease some symptoms of heart failure

From: What Is Systolic Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Types," "Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Heart failure (Beyond the Basics)."

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?"  "Types of Heart Failure," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Baptist Health: "Systolic Heart Failure."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Heart Failure?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Types," "Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Heart failure (Beyond the Basics)."

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?"  "Types of Heart Failure," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Baptist Health: "Systolic Heart Failure."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Heart Failure?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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