Take an active role in your health. Use our Keep Your Heart in the Healthy Zone sheet to keep you “in the zone” on a daily basis (English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Russian). The following information will teach you more about heart failure and how to help you manage it.
What to do if symptoms worsen
There are medicines that work in different ways to help treat heart failure and manage symptoms. Drugs used include angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, beta-blockers, diuretics and aldosterone blockers.
Some of these drugs block effects of stress hormones that can make heart failure worse. Some relax the blood vessels and decrease the workload of the heart.
Drugs to avoid include NSAID's (such as ibuprofen) and some herbal medications. If you have heart failure, you should always check with your primary care provider before taking any over-the-counter medications.
If you have heart failure, you may want to talk to your primary care doctor and ask if you should see a special doctor who has advanced training in caring for heart failure patients.
If you have certain forms of heart failure, you may receive advanced treatments such as an automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD), biventricular pacemaker or other options.