What are the usual medications that doctors prescribe for CHF patients?


Physicians use various types of medications when treat-ing patients with CHF, each of which has a differentfunction. Although the symptoms of CHF can betreated and improved by therapy, your doctor will alsowant to diagnose and treat the underlying cause ofCHF in an attempt to prevent progression and wors-ening of symptoms.

A study of conventional medications for the treatmentof CHF reported the following percentages of use:

● Diuretics, 82%

● ACE inhibitors, 53%

● Nitrates, 49%

● Digitalis, 46%

● Potassium, 40%

● Aspirin, 36%

● Calcium channel blockers, 20%

● Coumadin (Warfarin), 17%

● Beta blockers, 15%

● Magnesium, 10%

Note: It is important to remember when being treatedfor heart failure that you should not take other medi-cines unless they have been discussed with your doctor.This especially includes OTC (nonprescription) medi-cines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hayfever, or sinus problems, since they may tend to in-crease your blood pressure.


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