Heart Failure. Congestive Heart Failure.

Heart Failure and Aldactone (Spironolactone)

I am writing this update because many physicians and patients do not know the importance of this information in the treatment of heart failure.

I providing several web articles discussing the use of Aldactone (Spironolactone) in the treatment of Heart Failure.

(1) http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/11540a.htm "Aldactone Reduces Heart Failure Deaths By 30 Percent"

(2) http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/heart-failure-aldactone

"Treating Heart Failure With Aldactone"

(3) http://www.journalclub.org/vol2/a72.html

"The effect of spironolactone on morbidity and mortality in patients with severe heart failure " This article is quite technical; I have used it because it contains data in the author's discussion and comment section that is valuable.

My comment: Aldactone is the trade name for the generic named Spironolactone. Aldactone is used to get excessive fluid off the body. It's primary use is to get Ascites (Abdominal fluid from liver disease, or heart disease, or kidney disease) off the body as well as excessive fluid from other parts of the body. Aldactone is not a very strong diuretic but has a speciality use in medicine. I am really amazed how this drug is currently being used in heart failure and also surprised how many physicians are not aware of its effectiveness. Be your best advocate and keep yourself informed!

As always have your primary physician guide your medical care.  This article is to help with information gathering.




Normal heart. Abnormal heart with failure.

Heart failure.

New York Heart Association Heart Failure Classification.

Heart Failure. Weak Heart. Sick Heart.

The title sums it up. Heart failure is when the heart is unable to handle the body's fluid load in its vascular tree. The New York Heart Association has a classification that functionally describes and classes heart failure (please see link and photo).

When you or a love one has heart failure you will find shortness of breath, fatigue, fluid or edema in the legs, and sometimes ascites.

The links and photos are very informative.

Heart failure is most commonly caused by coronary artery disease.  Other causes of heart failure are .high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other diseases. 

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Lisa Luv 7 years ago from Conneticut, USA

WOW --Thank You!

Have a Great Weekend!


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Ms. Lisa Luv thank you! You are beautiful. Thank you for your love.


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Very informative, somewhat frightening.

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace

Tony


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Tonymac04 thank you for comments.


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almasi 5 years ago

Thanks for a very informative hub.


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 5 years ago from USA Author

almasi thank you for your comments.


Darvocet Lawsuit 5 years ago

I am' worried with my father. We in our family has a background in heart disease. I advice him to stop smoking cause it will complicate to the heart. But He ignores my vices. How can help my father. please!

Thanks'

Olga


tanya 5 years ago

VERY INFORMATIVE AND USEFUL.

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