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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