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What is the first-line treatment for heart failure?

What is the first-line treatment for heart failure?

First-line drug therapy for all patients with HFrEF should include an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and beta blocker. These medications have been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality.

Which medications are considered first in the management of heart failure?

ACE inhibitors (ACEIs), ARBs, beta-blockers, MRAs and diuretics form the basis of first-line pharmacological management of left ventricular systolic heart failure (HFrEF). Treatment doses should be increased to those shown to be of benefit in the major trials or to the highest tolerated doses.

What drugs reduce mortality in heart failure?

A. A significant mortality benefit has been demonstrated only with carvedilol, long-active metoprolol (succinate), and bisoprolol. No other beta-blockers are FDA approved for systolic congestive heart failure. ACE inhibitors and spironolactone are other important medications to reduce mortality in heart failure.

How do you manage a patient with heart failure?

​ Depending on the severity of the illness, nonpharmacologic therapies include dietary sodium and fluid restriction; physical activity as appropriate; and attention to weight gain. Pharmacologic therapies include the use of diuretics, vasodilators, inotropic agents, anticoagulants, beta-blockers, and digoxin.

Do diuretics improve mortality in heart failure?

Unlike other components of the heart failure armamentarium, such as beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, diuretics (with the exception of aldosterone antagonists) have not been shown to decrease heart failure progression or improve mortality.

What happens when you take medication for heart failure?

But common medications can also bring it on. This condition isn’t what it sounds like: Your heart doesn’t stop. It just doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. That means you may be short of breath, feel weak, and have swollen legs and feet, among other symptoms.

Which is the best treatment for heart failure?

The heart structure is generally healthy. 1 Treatment in stage A mostly involves preventative maintenance. Maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and not smoking are a few things to help prevent heart failure from progressing.

How are anticoagulants used to treat heart failure?

Anticoagulants are not used to treat heart failure without the presence of atrial fibrillation. Cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) Your doctor may prescribe this class of medication if you have high cholesterol or have had a heart attack. This class of drugs is not used to treat heart failure, but other conditions as indicated.

What are the four stages of heart failure?

The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) complementary staging system defines four stages (Stages A,B,C,D). 3 Stage A: High risk of heart failure but no structural heart disease or symptoms of heart failure (pre-heart failure) Stage B: Structural heart disease but no symptoms of heart failure (pre-heart failure)

What are the treatment options for stage a heart failure?

Treatment methods for Stages A, B & C apply. Patient should be evaluated to determine if the following treatments are available options: heart transplant, ventricular assist devices, surgery options, research therapies, continuous infusion of intravenous heart pump drugs, and end-of-life (palliative or hospice) care.

Anticoagulants are not used to treat heart failure without the presence of atrial fibrillation. Cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) Your doctor may prescribe this class of medication if you have high cholesterol or have had a heart attack. This class of drugs is not used to treat heart failure, but other conditions as indicated.

How often should you take medication for heart failure?

Heart failure patients may need multiple medications. Each one treats a different symptom or contributing factor and comes with its own instructions and rules. You and your caregivers should work with your healthcare team to understand the medications and when, how often and in what dosage to take them.

What are the symptoms of heart failure stage a?

Stage A: High risk of heart failure but no structural heart disease or symptoms of heart failure (pre-heart failure) Stage B: Structural heart disease but no symptoms of heart failure (pre-heart failure)