Why might a cardiovascular patient be prescribed diuretics?

Diuretics are often prescribed to cardiovascular patients to lower blood pressure, which will help reduce cumulative damage to the heart and arteries. They cause your body to eliminate salt and water (through urine or perspiration), which in turn lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure exerts extra force on the heart and artery walls, damaging them in the process.

In patients where the heart muscle might not be strong enough to pump blood efficiently diuretics will help reduce fluid that might enter the lung causing what is termed congestive heart failure.

Examples of Diuretics:
amiloride (Midamor)
bumetanide (Bumex)
chlorothiazide (Diuril)
hlorthalidone (Hygroton)
furosemide (Lasix)
hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix, Hydrodiuril)
indapamide (Lozol)
spironolactone (Aldactone)

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