Can heart failure be reversed with surgery?

No surgical procedure can reverse heart failure. However, surgery may be done to treat an underlying condition that is contributing to heart failure. This, in turn, may help to improve symptoms and help your heart pump more effectively.

For example, heart failure can be caused by a stiff or leaky aortic or mitral valve. Normally, oxygen-rich blood travels from the heart, through the valves, and out to the rest of the body. But if a valve cannot open fully or is leaky, the heart must work harder to meet the body’s needs. Surgery may be done to repair or replace a faulty valve.

Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) may also sometimes be recommended to improve the pumping function of your heart.