Welcome to the BiDil Heart Failure Resource Center

Explore our library of information and resources designed to help you and your loved ones manage the challenges of heart failure (HF). We’ve included downloadable fact sheets, trackers, helpful links, and more.

Heart failure weight tracker

Learn about heart failure-related weight gain and the importance of daily weigh-ins.

Heart failure fluid tracker

Learn about heart failure-related fluid retention and the importance of tracking daily fluid intake.

Heart failure shake the salt

Most salt doesn't come from the salt shaker—learn how to tell which foods are healthier choices for reducing blood pressure and improving heart health.

Heart failure managing stress

Stress doesn't cause long-term conditions like heart failure, but it can have an impact. See how to help manage stress with music, breathing exercises, and more.

Heart failure talking with your doc

Sometimes it's hard to remember all the things you want to cover when you’re at the doctor. This guide will help you have a more productive appointment.

Heart failure tips for living

Improving your overall health can help reduce the symptoms of heart failure and may slow the progress of the disease. Here are some healthy living tips that may help.

Heart failure med tips

If you have heart failure, it’s important to keep up with all your medications. Here’s how you can stay organized and on schedule.

See Renil's Heart Failure Story

BiDil – the only heart failure medication designed specifically for self-identified African Americans.

Learn about Renil, a 48-year-old nurse with 5 children, who was recently diagnosed with heart failure (HF). Renil’s physician choose BiDil® (isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine HCl) as part of an overall treatment plan including routine HF medications.

See Renil's Heart Failure StoryView Transcript


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

Please click here to see full Important Safety Information for BiDil.

See how BiDil may help

Learn about a heart failure medicine proven to make a difference in the lives of African Americans in A-HeFT.

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.


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).


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.


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.