Use of Diuretics in the Treatment of Heart Failure in Older Adults
Diuretics are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs in patients with heart failure, and in the short term they remain the most effective treatment for relief from fluid congestion. This article reviews the mode of action of the various diuretic classes and the physiologic adaptations that follow and sets up the basis for their use in the treatment of volume-retaining states, particularly as applies to the elderly. In addition, the article reviews the common side effects related to diuretics.
Sica, D., Gehr, T., & Frishman, W. H. (2017). Use of Diuretics in the Treatment of Heart Failure in Older Adults. Heart Failure Clinics, 13 (3), 503-512. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hfc.2017.02.006
Originally published in Heart Failure Clinics. The original material can be found here.