- Congestive heart failure medications overview
- ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme)
- digoxin (Lanoxin)
Congestive heart failure medications overview
Congestive heart failure is a chronic (ongoing) condition. Discuss all medications, herbs, supplements you are taking with your doctor. Listed are some of the medications used to treat congestive heart failure.
ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme)
ACE inhibitors have been used for the treatment of hypertension for more than 20 years. This class of drugs has also been extensively studied in the treatment of congestive heart failure. These medications block the formation of angiotensin II, a hormone with many potentially adverse effects on the heart and circulation in patients with heart failure. In multiple studies of thousands of patients, these drugs have demonstrated a remarkable improvement of symptoms in patients, prevention of clinical deterioration, and prolongation of survival. In addition, they have been recently been shown to prevent the development of heart failure and heart attacks. The wealth of the evidence supporting the use of these agents in heart failure is so strong that ACE inhibitors should be considered in all patients with heart failure, especially those with heart muscle weakness.
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