Coreg Uses

Coreg Uses for Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body. It does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way that it should. This can lead to symptoms of CHF that include:
 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Rapid weight gain.
 
(Click Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure for more information.)
 
For people with mild to severe congestive heart failure, Coreg decreases blood pressure and makes the heart more efficient, which allows more blood to be pumped from the heart. Because of these effects, Coreg has been shown to:
 
  • Decrease the progression of congestive heart failure
  • Improve congestive heart failure symptoms (including exercise tolerance)
  • Decrease hospitalizations and loss of life from congestive heart failure.
 
This data comes from clinical studies where Coreg was combined with other congestive heart failure medications, including ACE inhibitors, diuretics, and digoxin (Digitek®, Lanoxin®, Lanoxicap®).
 
Coreg does not cure congestive heart failure, however.
 
Coreg Uses Following a Heart Attack
A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) is a life-threatening event in which the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart is blocked for a long enough period of time that heart muscle dies. One of the complications of a heart attack is congestive heart failure. A heart attack can also damage the left side of the heart and cause it to pump blood less efficiently. This is called left ventricular dysfunction. Symptoms are not always present with left ventricular dysfunction, and the condition will oftentimes lead to heart failure.
 
For people who develop heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction following a heart attack, taking Coreg on a daily basis decreases the chance of death by 23 percent. Coreg helps reduce the strain on the heart. Coreg also decreases the risk of another heart attack by 40 percent.
 
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