Heart failure is a complex clinical syndrome requiring healthcare providers to treat and manage your condition and its symptoms with a variety of tools. Medications are one of the most important tools we have to treat and manage congestive heart failure.
However, it is important to know that every patient is unique and may respond differently to various medications. At Mount Sinai our heart failure specialists use the best evidence-based medicine available and partner with you to identify the best-personalized therapy for you. Also, our specialists will help you better understand and organize your medication regimen.
The following are some of the most common types of medications used to treat and manage congestive heart failure:
1. Always bring your list of your current medications with you to every doctor's appointment.
2. Ask your health care providers to give you a list of your updated medications before you leave your appointment or hospital visit.
3. Ask questions about your medications if you don't understand what or why you are taking a particular medication.
4. Establish a system that works for you so that you remember which medication and when to take it.
5. Always carry a list of your medication and its schedule with you wherever you go.
6. Establish a care partner. This is someone who knows your health history, what medications you need to take, and someone who can help you (and advocate for you when needed).
7. Always remember to have enough medication with you or refills, especially if you are going to be travelling.