Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

The treatment and management of congestive heart failure includes lifestyle changes, medications, medical devices, and surgery.

The goal of these treatments is to improve heart function, control excess water and salt retention, and reduce further risk of heart damage.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Surgery and Medical Devices
Alternative and Complementary Therapies

References:

American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000 .

Heart Failure Online website. Available at: http://www.heartfailure.org .

Mayo Clinic Heart Center website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/HB00057 . Accessed January 30, 2007.



Last reviewed June 2008 by Michael J. Fucci, DO

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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