There are several reasons why Diovan may be prescribed, including controlling high blood pressure, treating congestive heart failure, and helping improve the survival rates of heart attack patients. Diovan has been shown to relax the blood vessels, which can significantly lower blood pressure and allow more blood to be pumped to the rest of the body. In addition, people who have developed heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction following a heart attack can decrease their chances of death by 16 percent with daily use of Diovan. There are currently no universally accepted off-label uses for Diovan.
What Is Diovan Used For?Diovan® (valsartan) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. These Diovan uses include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating congestive heart failure
- Helping to improve survival rates for heart attack patients.
Diovan for High Blood Pressure
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example: 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90, with multiple blood pressure readings.
In clinical studies, Diovan has been shown to significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The higher the dose of Diovan, the greater the drop in blood pressure tended to be. By lowering blood pressure, Diovan can decrease the risks that accompany long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). However, Diovan is not a cure for high blood pressure.