Tip of the Week: Use these guidelines for reducing death from heart failure

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-08-23 21:48:30 -0500
Started 2012-02-25 23:13:41 -0600

A new study found that 6 of 7 standard heart failure treatment guidelines were responsible for lowering all-cause death in heart failure patients by as much as 81% over a two year period.


The study showed these treatments to be the most powerful.

Treatment Relative Death Risk

ACE Inhibitor/ARB drugs 0.56
Beta blocker drugs 0.42
Anticoagulation drugs for atrial fibrillation 0.73
ICD implant 0.62
Cardiac Resynchroniztion Therapy 0.44
Heart-failure education 0.73

A seventh treatment, Aldosterone antagonist drugs proved to be no better than placebo.

Which of these therapies are you using and what has been your experience? Show this study to your doc and let us know what he or she says!


8 replies

Gulcherboy 2012-08-23 18:19:05 -0500 Report

I am using an ACE Inhibitor, a Beta blocker and I am always trying to educate myself. I've received two stents and an angioplasty and my ejection fraction rose from 30 to 45, according to my cardiologist.

HeartHawk 2012-08-23 21:48:30 -0500 Report


Sounds like you have a good doc that put you on two of the top treatments! Congrats on the remarkable 50% increase in EF!


windydaze 2012-05-15 16:57:38 -0500 Report

I am learning more information that has kept me out of the hospital with chf sy. Mainly for myself, I have discovered my diet is a huge factor. If I keep my sodium intake lower than 2000 mg, then I am able to manage my bodies reaction to an overload of sodium. I do however struggle with taking my medications regularly because of the bathroom time. I had a defib inplant put in 9 months ago. I was told prior to this implant that I needed a heart transplant. My original diagnosis with chf was 5 years ago. I am happy I have come through the 5 year period of the original Diagnosis. In which they give a 5 year life from diagnosis. For I am only 44 years old now!!

HeartHawk 2012-05-15 23:54:06 -0500 Report


Thanks for chiming in. What makes HeartConnect works is accumulating the knowledge and experience of many to share with the community.

You are so right about diet. Along with exercise, it is a powerful "medicine!" You have already beat the odds so your experience is especially powerful. If you have any questions this is the place to ask them.


cpa3485 2012-02-26 18:50:50 -0600 Report

I have the first four covered and have done much to educate myself as to my condition. Yeah, I feel a little bit like a lab rat with all the pills I take, but for the most part, I tolerate the pills pretty well with little side effects. I do suspect the beta blocker for some of the fatigue issues I have, but every day continues to get a bit better.
I also think that exercise and trying to maintain a positive attitude are extremely important to healing. The pills I take seem to be working, but it would be nice someday to reduce dosages.

HeartHawk 2012-02-26 23:47:54 -0600 Report


Yes given all the negative press with beta blockers I was surporised to see them fare so well (tops in risk reduction). I use atenolol form time to time with little effect but 50mg is a tiny dose.

Exercise seems to be key to just about EVERYTHING!