The ABC’s of Heart Failure Management For help with Heart Failure call 0800 9788133

Here are some simple points to remember if you have just been diagnosed with Heart Failure.

Ejection Fraction

  • 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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