|Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I)
Lisinopril (Zestril®, Prinivil®)
Enalapril (Vasotec®), Ramipril (Altace®)
|Improve heart pump function over time. Opens (dilates) blood vessels to help the heart pump more blood to the rest of your body. Controls blood pressure and reduces risk of heart attack. Keeps stress hormones from making your heart failure worse.
|Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB)
|Improve heart pump function over time. Opens (dilates) blood vessels to help the heart pump more blood to the rest of your body.
|ARB + Niprilysin Inhibitor
|This medication is used instead of an ACE I or ARB. the affects are similar, but this medication may offer other benefits
||Carvedilol (Coreg®, Coreg CR®), Metoprolol succinate (Toprol XL®), Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
|Improve heart pump function over time. Controls blood pressure, reduces risk of heart attack, keeps our heart rhythm normal. Keeps stress hormones from making your heart failure worse.
|Diuretics (Water pills)
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hyrdodiuril®)
|Helps your kidneys remove extra fluid, which helps your heart pump more easily, you breathe more easily, and decrease or remove swelling in your feet, legs and abdomen.
|Aldosterone Antagonist (also called a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist)
|Keeps stress hormones from making your heart failure worse. Increases the amount of potassium in your blood.
|Isosorbide Dinitrate & Hydralazine
||Isosorbide (Isordil®) plus
Hydralazine (Apresoline®) or
Isosorbide & Hydralazine (BiDil®)
|Combination of medications opens (dilates) the blood vessels to help your heart pump more blood to the rest of the body.
||Digoxin (Lanoxin®, Digitek®, Digox®, Cardoxin
||Slows your heart rate, especially if you have atrial fibrillation with heart failure. May be used when your symptoms of heart failure continue after taking other medications.
|Slows your heart rate. Used if you have a normal heart rhythm but fast heart rate and still have symptoms of heart failure.