In order to keep you healthy, your doctor may prescribe different medicines. There are two main goals with heart failure medicines. The first goal is to improve your heart’s function by helping the ventricles squeeze better, which provides more blood flow to your body. The second goal is to decrease how hard your heart has to work by relaxing the blood vessels and/or removing extra water. Sometimes, these medicines may help stabilize, improve, or even recover your heart. In some cases the heart is too sick for medicines alone and other advanced treatment options like a ventricular assist device (VAD) or heart transplant may be needed.

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Many of the common heart failure medicines can be broken down into a few categories:

  • Medicines that help the heart squeeze easier
  • Medicines that remove extra water from the body
  • Medicines that thin the blood in order to prevent or treat blood clots
  • Medicines to prevent high blood pressure