About HF Risks of HF
People with HF have a greater risk of death, with about half dying within 5 years of diagnosis. Risk of hospitalization also increases, as heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in those over 65 years of age.
More than a million Americans are hospitalized every year with HF. After being treated and leaving the hospital, many end up going back—about 25% within 30 days, and more than half within 1 year.
The hospital care team will look at your medical history, do a physical exam, and may do some other tests to help identify symptoms and causes of HF.
Once diagnosed, the hospital care team will prescribe appropriate medication and suggest lifestyle changes. Take the medication as prescribed. You can track the medication you are taking, and symptoms, in this brochure, as well as learn more about ways to help manage your condition.
Tracking every medication you take, each symptom, and your lifestyle choices will help your doctor better understand how your treatment is working and if changes are needed.
The follow-up appointment with your doctor after being released from the hospital is important. To help you remember, write it down on this reminder card.
ENTRESTO can harm or cause death to your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor about other ways to treat heart failure if you plan to become pregnant. If you get pregnant while taking ENTRESTO, tell your doctor right away.
ENTRESTO is a prescription medicine used to reduce the risk of death and hospitalization in people with certain types of long-lasting (chronic) heart failure. ENTRESTO is usually used with other heart failure therapies, in place of an ACE inhibitor or other ARB therapy.
Do not take ENTRESTO if you:
Before you take ENTRESTO, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have kidney or liver problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant; are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You should either take ENTRESTO or breastfeed. You should not do both.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take potassium supplements or a salt substitute; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); lithium; or other medicines for high blood pressure or heart problems such as an ACE inhibitor, ARB, or aliskiren.
ENTRESTO may cause serious side effects including:
The most common side effects were low blood pressure, high potassium, cough, dizziness, and kidney problems.