The proper treatment for heart failure depends on what area of the heart is affected. A left ventricular systolic (LVS) function assessment tells the doctor how well the left side of the heart is pumping.
The assessment may include an echocardiogram, a physical examination, a chest x-ray, and/or blood work.
Patient given an ACE inhibitor or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) (HF3)
ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors) and ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers) are medications that block a hormone in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow. They help lower blood pressure and reduce how hard the heart needs to work. Heart failure patients who receive these medications have a significantly lower risk of death.