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
  • Medications
  • Implantable devices
  • Surgeries

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.