Congestive Heart Failure 3Wednesday, November 09, 2011
In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill concludes a three-part discussion on congestive heart failure with a look at treatment options.
Congestive heart failure is a serious and deadly disease. The best treatment is prevention, by protecting the heart muscle from damage.
Treatment for congestive heart failure includes lifestyle changes such as:
- limiting salt and fluid intake
- exercising appropriately to strengthen the heart
- eating a heart healthy diet to maintain weight, and
- avoiding smoking, which damages the heart arteries
Drug therapy may be needed to strengthen the heart and avoid further heart muscle damage. These therapies include:
- Diuretics to help reduce fluid buildup in your lungs and swelling in your feet and ankles.
- ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure, reduce the strain on your heart and reduce the risk of a future heart attack.
- Beta blockers to slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure to decrease the workload on your heart.
- Digoxin to make the heart beat stronger and pump more blood, and
- Blood thinners to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.