Surgery isn't frequently used to treat heart failure. However, it's recommended when the doctor can identify a correctable problem that's causing heart failure – such as a defect or a blocked coronary artery (View an illustration of of coronary arteries) . Surgery also may be needed when the heart failure is so severe that it can't be helped with medications or dietary and lifestyle changes.
What surgical and other medical procedures might be used?
"This content was last reviewed on 08/20/2012."
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