The ABC’s of Heart Failure Management
Here are some simple points to remember if you have just been diagnosed with Heart Failure.
- This is a measurement your doctor may use to see how well your heart is working, it is called ejection fraction or EF.
- The ejection fraction (EF) is the amount of blood your heart pumps with each heart beat.
- The normal EF of the pumping heart is 50% to 60%.
- Heart failure may happen if the EF is less than 40%.
Treatment for Heart Failure
- Eat less salt and salty type foods which are high in sodium, aim for 2 grams per day.
- Take medicines to strengthen your heart and water pills to help your body get rid of extra fluid.
- Balance your activity with rest. Be as active as you can each day, but also take rest periods.
- Do not smoke
- Reduce your Alcohol consumption
Medicines You Might Take
- Diuretic “water pills” help your body get rid of extra fluid which accumulates when your heart is less efficient
- Beta blockers lowers blood pressure and slows your heart rate.
- Ace inhibitors decreases the work for your heart and lowers blood pressure.
- Digoxin helps your heart pump better
- ARB is an alternative to ace inhibitors, they help lower blood pressure therefore decreasing the work of the heart
Hope this makes everything a little clearer
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