Heart failure caused by damage to the heart that has developed over time can't be cured. But it can be treated.
Sticking closely to your treatment plan can help improve your symptoms and your quality of life. It can help you stay out of the hospital. And it can help you to live longer.
Successfully managing your heart failure means working closely with your medical team to find the right drug combinations for you—and then taking your medications as directed.
You’ll also need to self-monitor your weight, your symptoms, and maybe even your blood pressure or heart rate.
Finally, you’ll need to make a firm commitment to lifestyle changes. Following a low-sodium, fluid restricted diet and getting enough exercise will go a long way toward easing your heart’s workload and helping you to feel better.