A new drug has been developed that is supposed to be a major breakthrough in the treatment of heart failure. The Food and Drug Administration has put it on a fast track for testing. If approved it is expected to make current treatments obsolete. Per the article:
"To say that we are excited is an understatement. We are absolutely thrilled," said Dr. Packer. "Given the survival advantage of LCZ696 over currently available drugs, once this drug becomes available, it would be difficult to understand why physicians would continue to use traditional angiotensin converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) for the treatment of heart failure."...."We were surprised and delighted that the magnitude of the superiority was so great that the trial was stopped early by the ethical committee. That was an amazing event," said Dr. Packer.
I have the beginnings of congestive heart failure and also have ascites. Treating this last one is what bothers me. You cannot have your organs and guts floating around in water. Everything is squeazed and you get very tired. Lasix is not the answer. My stomach is like a water bed. Maybe I get more answers next week at my appointment.
I had full-on congestive heart failure, and it felt like pneumonia. (Sounded like it too.) My biggest fear due to how long it remained after I noticed it was that I had developed some form of COPD from the combination of growing up in a house where both parents smoked, in a world that did not yet have much in the way of accommodations for nonsmokers, who were still a minority, and marrying someone who was a very heavy smoker. So after I finally noticed that I was getting out of breath all the time (I was morbidly obese and out of shape, easy to miss the congestive heart failure when the symptoms were getting out of breath quickly) I put off saying anything about it or going to a doctor.
After four days of IV Lasix generic, I was running up stairs I had previously had yo take rest breaks on. And all of my socks were suddenly too loose. I did have to take a lot of potassium. There are diuretics now that don't disrupt your potassium balance, I have no clue how they work, but the combo of Furosemide and Spironolactone does not even require mt to get bloodwork to check my potassium let alone take supplements. You should check into the alternative diuretics. (And of course find out what is causing the congestive heart failure in the first place. Mine was a broken heart valve caused by my Central Apnea. Once the cause is dealt with, while my body will apparently never get water balances right again, it's a lot easier to control now that more then half my blood is no longer flowing back into my heart on each beat.)
Michael and Sean - I hope this new drug helps you and other people like you.