further help with the weight gain.
Medications, with most of them improving heart function and life expectancy, include:
- ACE inhibitors or ARB drugs
- Aldosterone inhibitors
- Anticoagulants or antiplatelets
- Digital glycosides
Tips to prevent rapid weight gain after heart failure
The best way to prevent those added pounds is to start with the prevention of heart failure. Conditions or actions that contribute to heart failure include: Being overweight, eating foods with saturated fats, sodium, sugar, or trans fat, and smoking.
If you already have heart disease, taking steps to lose weight, choosing heart-healthy foods, and avoiding smoking (and secondhand smoke) will help with the weight gain.
Other actions you can take include reducing sodium in your diet and the fluids you take in daily.
Monitoring your intake of these daily will help you determine what effects they have on your weight gain and how much you need to decrease sodium and fluids daily.
Most importantly, seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of these symptoms of heart failure.