Effective treatment for heart failure has the following benefits:
- it helps make the heart stronger
- it improves your symptoms
- it reduces the risk of a flare-up
- it allows people with the condition to live longer and fuller lives.
The aim of treatment is to find a combination of measures that include lifestyle changes, medicines or surgery, and devices that will help the heart to pump properly.
For example, in cases where heart failure has a specific cause, such as damaged valves, surgery can often be used to replace the valves.
Where a person has an abnormal heart rhythm, it may be possible to correct the problem using a pacemaker. This is a small, battery-operated device that sends regular electrical impulses to your heart.
As treatment will usually need to continue for the rest of your life, you and your doctor will need to find a balance of effective treatments that you can manage in the long term so that you have the best quality of life possible.
The Heart Foundation provides further information about heart failure on their website at www.heartfoundation.org.au, or by calling their heart health information line on 1300 36 27 87.
Last reviewed: September 2016