Medicines for Heart Failure

If you have heart failure, you may be taking some of the following medicines: 

  • Beta-blockers can slow the heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and improve the condition. Taking a beta-blocker may lower your chance of needing to be hospitalized.
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) reduce the heart's workload, lower blood pressure, and reduce swelling. Taking an ACEI may lower chance of needing to be hospitalized again.
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) work like ACEIs. The doctor may prescribe them instead of ACEIs.
  • Diuretics, also called water pills, reduce swelling.
  • Potassium supplements replace this important mineral, which is sometimes lost with diuretics.