Heart failure can be treated with medications. The following are just a few of the drugs used to treat heart failure:
ACE inhibitors: These lower blood pressure and reduce the heart’s workload. The can also reduce the effects of salt and water retention.
Angiotensin II: These work the same as ACE inhibitors but without some of the side effects.
Beta-blockers: This drug slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. They can also alleviate some of the symptoms of heart failure.
Digoxin: Increases the strength of the heart and slows the heartbeat at the same time.
Diuretics: These can control the build up of sodium and fluid in the body, making breathing easier.
Your physician may also recommend nitrates for chest pains, calcium blockers to lower blood pressure and increase circulation and/or blood thinners to prevent blood clots from forming.