Heart Failure Treatments

Heart failure treatment depends upon why a person has heart failure and how well their body deals with the condition. One treatment option is to perform an operation called coronary artery bypass surgery. This treatment allows more blood to flow to and perfuse the heart muscle with oxygen. The heart, a muscle like other muscles in the body, needs oxygenated blood delivered to it to function.

Medication to Treat Heart Failure

When the main problem of heart failure is the reduced flow of blood out of the left ventricle, certain medications can help. These may include:

  • ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors reduce blood pressure, increase blood flow and lower the workload on the heart
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers provide some of the same benefits as ACE inhibitors but do not have the potential side effect of cough
  • Beta blockers decrease the heart rate, blood pressure and the risk of certain abnormal heart rhythms
  • Digoxin (digitalis) makes heart contractions more powerful and can slow the heartbeat
  • Diuretics stop fluid from collecting in your tissues and lower the amount of fluid in your lungs, facilitating breathing
  • Nesiritide is a hormone given intravenously
  • Aldosterone antagonists might allow your heart to work better, reverse scarring of heart tissue and help to lengthen your life
  • Inotropes are given intravenously to patients with severe heart failure to maintain blood pressure and help the heart’s pumping mechanism

Surgery

The procedure, sometimes called coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG surgery), substitutes blood vessels present in your body for the coronary arteries that are blocked to bring oxygenated blood to the heart. This surgery is done:

  • When medication no longer adequately manages a patient’s heart or chest pain, called angina
  • When the patient might have a heart attack because there is not enough oxygen flowing to the heart

When the heart valves aren’t functioning properly, heart valve repair or replacement may be done to relieve congestive heart failure symptoms and improve the quality of life. Heart transplant is another surgical option in patients with severe congestive heart failure.

Myectomy is performed when medications eventually fail to lessen the blockage that occurs in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (when the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick). In this case, the surgeon can cut away part of the overgrown septal muscle in the heart.

Implanted Devices

Surgery can be used to implant ventricular assist devices to help the weakened heart pump better. Other devices that may be implanted are a cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker to correct the electrical impulses controlling the rhythm of your heart beat and an internal cardiac defibrillator to treat fast or irregular heart rhythms.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Cut down on alcohol consumption to one drink twice or three times weekly
  • Discontinue or limit caffeine
  • Change to a low-fat, low-sodium diet
  • Exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Decrease stress
  • Lose weight if necessary

Symptoms of Crestor® Side Effects

Some experts say that statins such as Crestor® (rosuvastatin) lower Coenzyme Q10, and that certain minimum levels of CoQ10 are needed to maintain a healthy heart. Other side effects are muscle pain and rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that may begin as muscle pain and can progress to the breakdown of muscle tissue, kidney failure and death. This happens more frequently when statins are used in combination with other medications that cause rhabdomyolysis or when statins are used at the same time that other drugs are used that prevent the elimination of statins, thus raising the blood level of the substance.

Patients on Crestor® and other statins that experience unusual muscle pain should contact their physicians. If you’ve been diagnosed with worsened heart failure or other heart complications while taking Crestor®, we may be able to help you recover compensation. Contact our Crestor® heart failure lawyers for more information.