Congestive Heart Failure Treatment
As part of your treatment, your doctor will likely prescribe medicines to help improve your heart function and symptoms.
The primary medicines used for heart failure treatment are:
- Diuretics (water or fluid pills) to help reduce fluid buildup in your lungs and swelling in your feet and ankles.
- ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure and reduce the strain on your heart. These medications may also reduce the risk of a future heart attack. Examples of ACE inhibitors used to treat congestive heart failure include:
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) to lower blood pressure and improve the efficiency of the heart. These medicines may also improve survival following a heart attack. Examples of ARBs licensed for use in congestive heart failure include:
- Beta blockers to slow down your heart rate and lower your blood pressure to decrease the workload on your heart. An example of a beta blocker used for congestive heart failure is carvedilol (Coreg®).
- Digoxin to make the heart beat stronger and pump more blood.