There is no cure for heart failure. Instead, treatment is focused on helping you live a longer and healthier life.
Effective management of heart failure requires a combination of close monitoring of your weight, healthy lifestyle and medications. Your health care providers will work with you and support you to manage your condition.
Your daily activities can have a major impact on the progression of heart failure. It's important for patients and/or their caregivers to play an active role in their health by:
- monitoring symptoms
- monitoring your weight daily
- managing diet might include limiting sodium, fluids and potassium
- ensuring daily activity
- managing blood pressure
- maintaining a healthy weight
- avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking (tobacco, cannibas, vaping) and drinking alcohol
- taking medications as prescribed
For some people, surgery and medical devices are needed to treat the heart failure. Treatments could include:
- An implanted device such as a pacemaker and/or Cardioverter defibrillator (CRT)
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
- Ventricular assist device (VAD) an implanted mechanical device to assist your heart to pump while waiting for a heart transplant
- Heart transplant (although not everyone is a good candidate for transplant)
Patients with worsening cardiac conditions will reach the point where medical management is no longer identified as meeting their goals of care.
It's important for the health team, the patient and the family to work in partnership to discuss medical options and make care decisions.