Cardiovascular disease

Heart failure

(CHF)

  • Also known as
  • Congestive heart failure

About Heart failure

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way it should. It can affect one or both sides of the heart.

The weakening of the heart's pumping ability causes

  • Blood and fluid to back up into the lungs
  • The buildup of fluid in the feet, ankles and legs - called edema
  • Tiredness and shortness of breath

Common causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. It is more common in people who are 65 years old or older, African Americans, people who are overweight, and people who have had a heart attack. Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women.

Your doctor will diagnose heart failure by doing a physical exam and heart tests. Treatment includes treating the underlying cause of your heart failure, medicines, and heart transplantation if other treatments fail.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Top Medications for Heart failure according to our users

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All Medications for Heart failure

  • Anti-arrhythmic > Inotrope

  • Cholesterol-lowering > Statin

    • Atorvastatin
      Prescription only

      Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Lovastatin
      Prescription only

      Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
    • Pravastatin
      Prescription only

      Pravachol (Pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Simvastatin
      Prescription only

      Zocor (Simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
  • Cholesterol-lowering > Omega-3 fatty acid

  • Anticoagulant > Vitamin K antagonist

Medication side effects for Heart failure

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for cough.

  • Captopril: 2%
  • Enalapril: 8%
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At this end, no one is expected to have cough

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have cough

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