While you’re in the hospital, it’s likely that you’ll have IV (intravenous therapy) medicines. This means the medicine will be given to you by your care team and will go directly into your vein through the IV.
There are three main kinds of medications you will get through IV:
- Inotropes: Medicines that help your heart squeeze easier
- Diuretics: Medicines that help your body remove extra water
- Anticoagulants: Medicines that thin the blood and help prevent blood clots
Your care team will monitor you closely while you’re on these medicines. If IV therapy is unsuccessful, your doctor may discuss more advanced therapy options.
Click the images below to learn more about each medicine.