Heart Failure – Treatment
Can heart failure be treated?
Doctors treat patients by managing symptoms and delaying progression of the disease. There are four main treatments for heart failure the first is lifestyle changes, it can be argued that this is probably the most important approach because prevention is always better than cure and if people EMPOWER themselves they can ideally prevent the development of this disease. Lifestyle changes can take the form of having a healthy balanced diet that is coupled with regular exercise. One of the key lifestyle changes would be to stop smoking.
Taking medications. There are numerous drugs that are available to doctors so that the can try and manage symptoms and disease progression. Often patients have to take two or three different types of medications, which takes us back to the first point that with hindsight lifestyle changes would have been a better option.
For patients that are unable to regulate their heart rhythm they may require the introduction of electronic devices called pacemakers into their chest which can restore proper rhythmic contractions of the heart.
The final main treatment is surgery which may take the form of a bypass operation or a heart transplant. Although these are highly invasive they present an opportunity to save or prolong an individual’s life.
With heart failure, treatments are usually required for life. However heart failure may be curable in scenarios where an individual with defective or damaged heart valves is operated on to repair or replace the valves.