Improving Outcomes in Heart Failure. Mod C. Pharmacologic Treatment
Pharmaceuticals play a major role in HF treatment, and this module explores how the proper use of the right medications—a selection that is ever-expanding—can help slow the disease and preserve quality of life for HF patients. First, the module explains how specific types of medications—such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) or diuretics—can help patients with different stages or symptoms of HF. The module then details the possible side effects or contraindications of the most common drugs, and even how some drugs, when used together—such as hydralazine and nitrates—work better in combination than they each would alone. The module also explains why certain common medications—such as antiarrhythmic agents or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—can worsen the symptoms of HF. Finally, the module explores how various forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)—such as mind and body practices—can support treatment of HF.