Which drug classes are used in the treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD, FACC; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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Treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy is essentially the same as treatment of chronic heart failure (CHF). Some therapeutic interventions treat symptoms, whereas others treat factors that affect survival.

Drug classes used include the following:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)

  • Beta-blockers

  • Aldosterone antagonists

  • Cardiac glycosides

  • Diuretics

  • Vasodilators

  • Antiarrhythmics

  • Human B-type natriuretic peptide

  • Inotropic agents

  • Neprilysin inhibitor

  • Nitrates

Anticoagulants may be used in selected patients.


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