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Heart Failure - Treatment

As noted before, there is no cure, per se, for CHF, however the cause of CHF can be treated, thereby reducing the symptoms of CHF itself. Which treatment is appropriate for you will depend on the cause of your CHF. For example, if your CHF is caused by coronary artery disease, your doctor may recommend you undergo a therapeutic procedure. If your CHF is caused by high blood pressure, he/she may recommend medications. If you have damaged cardiac valves, valve replacement surgery may be needed. There is also a therapy, called "biventricular pacing", that can help the ventricles of the heart contract together more effectively through the use of a pacemaker. In the most severe cases, heart transplantation may be considered. Aside from treating the cause, CHF treatment requires an initial period of rest and a continuing program of lifestyle changes including:

  • a heart healthy diet, low in sodium and fat
  • an appropriate and supervised exercise program
  • a modification of daily activities

You will also be asked to weigh yourself at the same time everyday to check for excessive weight gain which may indicate a recurrence of CHF.

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