General Medication Guidelines for Heart Failure

Medication needs vary for each person. Your doctor or nurse will work with you to find the best medications to relieve symptoms, improve your heart failure condition, and improve your sense of well-being. Remember, medications are intended to reverse or help prevent the processes that make heart failure worse. Medications improve your symptoms, but they cannot cure heart failure. Even if you do not have symptoms, some heart failure medications must be taken daily to prevent your heart muscle function from worsening. Taking your heart failure medications as prescribed is one of the most important things you can do to manage your heart failure.


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