Treatment Options for Heart Failure

Updated:Oct 18,2016

Heart failure caused by damage to the heart that has developed over time can't be cured. But it can be treated, quite often with strategies to improve symptoms.

Successful treatment depends on your willingness to get involved in managing this condition, whether you're the patient or a caregiver. You and your loved ones are an active part of the healthcare team.

Your *treatment plan may include:

*Treatment information provided at the sole discretion of the American Heart Association and the guidance of our science staff and volunteers.

Regardless of your treatment, you need to follow all of your doctor's recommendations and make the necessary changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle to give you the highest possible quality of life.
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This content was last reviewed on 04/06/2015.

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