How is heart failure treated?
Early diagnosis and treatment of heart failure are very important. Heart failure cannot be cured, but many treatment options exist. Treatment may help to:
- Allow you to live a more normal life
- Reduce symptoms
- Reduce your need for hospitalization
- Reduce the risk of death
- Prevent the disease from progressing
The different categories of heart failure therapy include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Implantable devices
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is one treatment option for some heart failure patients. A CRT device helps a heart failure heart (“cardiac”) beat more like a normal heart (“resynchronization”) using electrical pulses timed together (“therapy”).
As is true for all types of therapy, the choice of heart failure therapy – and its effects – can vary from one person to another. Talk to your doctor about which treatment options may be right for you.