shaquille gets real about heart failure

Heart failure disproportionately affects the African American community.1 And although I don’t have heart failure, the issue hits close to home. That’s why I’m teaming up with Arbor to drive awareness about the first heart failure medication indicated for self-identified African American patients. And together, let’s learn more about managing heart failure and how it may be more affordable than ever.

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Heart Failure Symptoms

Heart failure doesn’t mean your heart stops beating. It means your heart is not working as well as it should. That’s because your heart has weakened and pumps less efficiently.2

Heart failure can easily go unnoticed, gradually wearing down your heart over time until it gets weaker and cannot keep up with your body’s needs.2 Once symptoms start–feeling tired, short of breath, or swelling in your legs and feet–it is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible.2,3

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Heart Failure in the African American Community

Research has shown that heart failure is up to 20 times more frequent in African American patients before the age of 50 years than in whites of the same age4 for a number of reasons, ranging from modifiable risk factors to vascular regulation.

Studies have shown that African American patients may be more likely to have issues with blood vessel relaxation and elasticity, which can lead to heart failure.4,5 According to recent research, this may be because of a reduced responsiveness to nitric oxide in African American patients.5 Nitric oxide causes vasodilation, which helps blood vessels relax so blood can flow through more easily.5

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Heart Failure in the African American Community

Research has shown that heart failure is up to 20 times more frequent in African American patients before the age of 50 years than in whites of the same age4 for a number of reasons, ranging from modifiable risk factors to vascular regulation.

Studies have shown that African American patients may be more likely to have issues with blood vessel relaxation and elasticity, which can lead to heart failure.4,5 According to recent research, this may be because of a reduced responsiveness to nitric oxide in African American patients.5 Nitric oxide causes vasodilation, which helps blood vessels relax so blood can flow through more easily.5

Treating Heart Failure With BiDil®

In the African-American Heart Failure Trial (A-HeFT), a double-blind study of 1050 African American patients who had class III or class IV heart failure, BiDil was found to reduce the rate of death by 43% and risk of hospitalization by 39% vs placebo when added to standard heart failure therapy.6

The primary endpoint was a composite of these two and functional status.


Kaplan-Meier Plot of Time to Death by Any Cause in African American Patients (A-HeFT)6


African American heart failure death and BiDil treatment reduction graph

Kaplan-Meier Plot of Time to First Hospitalization for Heart Failure in African American Patients (A-HeFT)6


African American heart failure hospitalization and BiDil treatment reduction graph Study Design

*Improvement and reduction represents full length of the follow up.

Patients taking BiDil in the A-HeFT study also reported significant improvement in their ability to function day to day compared with those on standard therapy alone.7

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Shaq BiDil Access Program, heart failure medication affordability

Assistance. Access. Answers.

Take charge against heart failure. Get with the Program.

BiDil Patient Savings Card

Eligible patients may pay as little as $0 for your first fill of BiDil (up to 90 tablets) and as little as $25 for refills 2 through 12.

Medicare/Medicaid patients not eligible.

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Preferred Arbor E-Z Rx Pharmacies

Pay just $10 with insurance or $50 cash for each monthly supply of BiDil (up to 90 tablets per month). Copay requirements apply.

Medicare/Medicaid patients not eligible.

Find Participating Pharmacies

Cash Savings & Home Delivery

Arbor Patient Direct is a free premium prescription home delivery service that may be able to help patients willing to pay cash with prescription affordability.
Call 844-289-3981 now to enroll.

Visit Arbor Patient Direct

For information about formulary coverage, visit BiDil.com.

Shaq BiDil Access Program, heart failure medication affordability

Assistance. Access. Answers.

Take charge against heart failure. Get with the Program.

BiDil Patient Savings Card

Eligible patients may pay as little as $0 for your first fill of BiDil (up to 90 tablets) and as little as $25 for refills 2 through 12.

Medicare/Medicaid patients not eligible.

Start Saving Now

Preferred Arbor E-Z Rx Pharmacies

Pay just $10 with insurance or $50 cash for each monthly supply of BiDil (up to 90 tablets per month). Copay requirements apply.

Medicare/Medicaid patients not eligible.

Find Participating Pharmacies

Cash Savings and Home Delivery

Arbor Patient Direct is a free premium prescription home delivery service that may be able to help patients willing to pay cash with prescription affordability.

Call 844-289-3981 now to enroll.

Visit Arbor Patient Direct

For information about formulary coverage, visit BiDil.com.

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Information for Patients about BiDil (isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine HCl)

BiDil is approved for use with other heart medicines to treat heart failure in black patients to improve survival, improve heart failure symptoms, and help patients stay out of the hospital longer. There is little experience in patients with heart failure who experience significant symptoms while at rest. Most patients in the clinical study of BiDil also received other heart failure medicines.

Important Safety Information

Tell your doctor about any allergies you have, especially if you're sensitive to nitrates, such as nitroglycerin tablets or isosorbide dinitrate (Isordil®). BiDil has a nitrate component, so you need to let your doctor know.

Tell your doctor if you're taking any erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension drugs like Viagra® or Revatio™ (sildenafil), Levitra® (vardenafil) or Cialis® (tadalafil).

warnings and precautions

Also tell your doctor if you are taking any medication to decrease blood pressure because when taken with BiDil, blood pressure may become too low.

It is possible you'll get headaches, especially at first, but they often lessen over time. Keep your doctor posted on your headache progress; he or she may want to adjust your dosage.

If you experience dizziness, call your doctor. Please make sure to tell your doctor about any of the signs or symptoms mentioned below or about any unusual events that worry you.

Drinking less fluids than your doctor recommends or losing fluid due to diarrhea, sweating, or vomiting may cause low blood pressure, lightheadedness, or fainting. If fainting occurs, stop taking BiDil and contact your doctor immediately.

Lightheadedness may occur when standing, especially after sitting or lying down.

If you experience any achy and/or swollen joints, unexplained fever for more than a few days, skin rashes, chest pain, prolonged weakness or fatigue (even after a good night's sleep), or any other unexplained signs or symptoms, make sure to tell your doctor as they may be signs of a serious medical condition.

You may also experience rapid heartbeat that could lead to chest pain or aggravate chest pain, or numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

Headache and dizziness were the most frequent side effects experienced in studies with BiDil.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please click here to see full Prescribing Information for BiDil. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your condition or your treatment. Ask your doctor if BiDil may be right for you.

References: 1. Yancy CW. Heart failure in African Americans: unique etiology and pharmacologic treatment responses. J Natl Med Assoc. 2003;95(1):1-9. 2. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Heart Failure. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-failure. Accessed January 4, 2019. 3. American Heart Association. About heart failure. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/AboutHeartFailure/About-Heart-Failure_UCM_002044_Article.jsp. Updated April 6, 2015. Accessed August 19, 2015. 4. Bibbins-Domingo K, Pletcher MJ, Lin F, et al. Racial differences in incident heart failure among young adults. N Engl J Med. 2009;360(12):1179-1190. 5. Sharma A, Colvin-Adams M, Yancy CW. Heart failure in African Americans: disparities can be overcome. Cleve Clin J Med. 2014;81(5):301-311. 6. BiDil [package insert]. Atlanta, GA: Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc; 2015. 7.Taylor AL, Ziesche S, Yancy C, et al. Combination of isosorbide dinitrate and hydralazine in blacks with heart failure. N Engl J Med. 2004;351(20):2049-2057.