Medication Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure?

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What are the medication treatments for congestive heart failure?

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Doctors usually treat heart failure with a combination of medications. Depending on your symptoms, you might take one or more medications, including:
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. These drugs help people with systolic heart failure live longer and feel better.
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers. They may be an alternative for people who can't tolerate ACE inhibitors.
  • Beta blockers. This class of drugs slows your heart rate, reduces blood pressure and limits or reverses some of the damage to your heart if you have systolic heart failure.
  • Diuretics. Diuretics make you urinate more frequently and keep fluid from collecting in your body.
  • Aldosterone antagonists. These drugs may help people with severe systolic heart failure live longer.
  • Inotropes. These drugs help people with severe heart failure to improve heart pumping function and maintain blood pressure.
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin). This drug increases the strength of your heart muscle contractions. It also tends to slow the heartbeat.
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what is systolic chf ?   Is there a diastolic chf ?  If so what is the difference?

Diastolic heart failure is a condition where the ventricles do not fill adequately under normal pressures and volumes. Systolic heart failure is a condition where the heart does not pump well.
Both diastolic heart failure and systolic heart failure are classified as left-sided heart failure. The left ventricle supplies most of the heart's pumping power, so it's larger than the other chambers and essential for normal function. Drug treatments are different for the two types.

Diastolic heart failure is heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (or diastolic dysfunction): In this case, the left ventricle loses its ability to relax normally (because the muscle has become stiff). The heart can't properly fill with blood during the resting period between each beat.

Systolic heart failure is heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. In this case, the left ventricle loses its ability to contract normally so that the heart can't pump with enough force to push enough blood into circulation.

Despite the differences on treatments, there are some tips for both cases:
Medications recommended by the doctor
Devices and surgical procedures
Changes in lifestyle and diet
More exercises
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