Heart Failure (cont.)
Erica Oberg, ND, MPH
Dr. Erica Oberg, ND, MPH, received a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado, her doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University, and a masters of public health (MPH) in health services research from the University of Washington. She completed her residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in ambulatory primary care and fellowship training at the Health Promotion Research Center at the University of Washington.
Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM
Dr. Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM, is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine. Dr. Guarneri is president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and serves as Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Health System for the Center for Well Being and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Guarneri is founder and director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. and Taylor Academy for Integrative Medicine Education and Research located at Pacific Pearl La Jolla in La Jolla, CA.
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In this Article
- Heart failure definition and facts
- What is heart failure?
- What are the different types of heart failure?
- What are heart failure symptoms and signs?
- What are the risk factors for heart failure?
- What causes heart failure?
- What are heart failure stages or classifications?
- How is heart failure diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for heart failure?
- What diet and lifestyle management techniques helps heart failure?
- What medications treat heart failure?
- What procedures or surgery treats heart failure?
- Which specialties of doctors treat heart failure?
- What are the potential complications of heart failure?
- What is the prognosis and life expectancy for a person with heart failure?
- Can heart failure be prevented?
- Find a local Cardiologist in your town
What medications treat heart failure?
Medications help reduce the symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) and can actually improve heart muscle function. There are several main classes of medications that are used for treating a weak heart muscle. Your physician will choose medications based on your symptoms and whether your heart needs to be strengthened or relaxed. The types of medications commonly prescribed for heart failure include:
- Beta-blockers: carvedilol (Coreg), bisoprolol (Zebeta), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nebivolol (Bystolic), acebutolol (Sectral), atenolol (Tenormin), betaxolol (Kerlone), carteolol (Cartrol), esmolol (Brevibloc), penbutolol (Levatol), nadolol (Corgard), pindolol (Visken), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), timolol (Blocadren), labetalol (Trandate, Normodyne)
- Diuretics (water pills): Thiazide diuretics: hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide, Hydrodiuril), chlorothiazide (Diuril), metolazone (Mykrox, Zaroxolyn, Diulo), methyclothiazide (Enduron), indapamide (Lozol), chlorothalidone (Hygrotron)
- Loop diuretics: furosemide (Lasix), bumetanide (Bumex), torasemide (Demadex), ethacrynate (Edecrin)
- Potassium sparing diuretics: spironolactone (Aldactone), triamterene (Dyrenium), eplerenone (Inspra), amiloride hydrochloride
- ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors: lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), benazepril (Lotensin), and captopril (Capoten), enalapril/enalaprilat (Vasotec oral and injectable), fosinopril (Monopril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), trandolapril (Mavik)
- ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers): candesartan (Atacand), irbesartan (Avapro), olmesartan (Benicar), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), telmisartan (Micardis), eprosartan (Teveten)
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