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Heart failure treatment

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There is no cure for heart failure, but there are treatments available to help you manage the condition and improve your quality of life.

The most important thing is to follow a healthy lifestyle by managing your fluid balance, reducing your salt intake, cutting back on alcohol and quit smoking.

Medicines for heart failure

There are many different types of medicines used to treat heart failure or chronic heart failure. It is important that you take all the medicines prescribed by your doctor. You will often need to take two or three different medicines.

Medicines can be used to control your blood pressure or help your heart to pump better. You might also need medicine to treat angina, if you have it. If you think your medicine is not working, is causing you problems or you have any questions, talk to your doctor. Do not stop taking your medicines without talking to your doctor first.

Procedures and devices

Your doctor might also recommend that you have a device, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator implanted in your chest to help your heart work better.

For some people, surgery can help. You might have heart valve surgery, a coronary angioplasty or bypass or a left ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump if your left ventricle isn't working properly. In severe cases of heart failure, a heart transplant may be needed.

Chronic heart failure programs

You may be able to attend a special program to help you manage heart failure. These programs usually involve a number of health professionals, such as nurses, dietitians and exercise specialists.

Last reviewed: July 2018

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