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How effective are loop diuretics for heart failure management?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Loop diuretics can reduce shortness of breath, improve physical stamina, and reduce leg or ankle swelling (edema) in people with heart failure.

Loop diuretics help remove fluid from the body, which improves heart function. They can reduce symptoms of heart failure, improve exercise tolerance, and relieve leg or ankle swelling. Loop diuretics also reduce shortness of breath caused by fluid in the lungs. 

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