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A new drug to treat heart failure

August 1, 2022

Updated guidelines recommend a popular diabetes drug to help people with heart failure and those at risk for it.

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About 6.2 million adults suffer from heart failure, and hospitalization for the condition has risen in recent years. Most people with heart failure need several medications to treat their symptoms. These include drugs to help lower blood pressure, remove excess fluids, and slow the heart rate to improve the heart’s pumping action.

But new guidelines issued in April 2022 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have added another drug class to the treatment list: a group of diabetes drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors.

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