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Medicines to treat heart failure

Heart failure can't usually be cured, but it can be controlled, through healthy lifestyle measures and medications.

Your doctor will advise you on the medication options and start you on an appropriate treatment. This may be one or more medications, and there might need to be a trial period to see what works best for you.

Medicines to treat heart failure include:


Always take your pills correctly and as directed by your doctor. Talk to your general practice team before taking any over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen, anti-inflammatories, or natural remedies. These can interfere with your heart medication.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed January 2015.

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