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What does spironolactone do to help heart failure?

What does spironolactone do to help heart failure?

Not just a diuretic: The medication is a diuretic, and helps to remove fluid in those that are congested due to heart failure. However, it not only improves symptoms, but actually reduces risk of dying in CHF patients, probably due to inhibiting the renin-angiotensin system, which is dysregulated in heart failure patients and felt to have adverse consequences on the heart and vasculature. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


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What is the purpose of spironolactone in congestive heart failure?

What is the purpose of spironolactone in congestive heart failure?

Improved survival: Spironolactone lowers blood pressure and initiates diuresis while sparing magnesium & potassium. It's an older drug that has found new use now because it blocks aldersterone from injuring heart muscle & increases heart muscle norepinephrine. Studies show it improves survival in left heart failure. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/10995520. ...Read more

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Which medications helped you with congestive heart failure?

Which medications helped you with congestive heart failure?

Several: "water pills" (diuretics) help eliminate extra fluid through the kidneys. Digoxin has been used for many decades to "help the squeeze" of the heart (although its usefulness is in question nowadays). So called-after-load reducers help relax the tension on the walls of vessels and make it easier to help the heart empty. Finally beta-blockers can be helpful as well. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between a right sided heart failure and a leftsided heart failure?

Help please? What is the difference between a right sided heart failure and a leftsided heart failure?

Affected ventricle: Simplistically, the difference between right heart failure and left heart failure is which pumping chamber is failing, the right ventricle pumping to the lungs, or the left ventricle pumping to the body. Beyond that, the likely causes are different and the treatment options are different. ...Read more

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I've got severe congestive heart failure and can't afford meds..Help?

I've got severe congestive heart failure and can't afford meds..Help?

Community resources: Check into community resources to help with the problem. There may be resources available in the community to help. Social medicine departments and community health clinics can usually help find resources to help folks. ...Read more

Dr. Anita Deswal
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Spironolactone (Definition)

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Also treats high blood pressure, heart failure, and low blood potassium (hypokalemia). This medicine is ...Read more


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Aldactone (Definition)

Aldactone is a potassium-sparing agent which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart ...Read more