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Chronic Heart Failure

Treatment for Chronic Heart Failure

Depending on the patient’s health, age, severity of the condition and other individual factors, chronic heart failure may be treated by surgery or by medication. In the most severe cases, a heart transplant may be performed.

Medical Management of Chronic Heart Failure

In less severe cases, chronic heart failure can be managed with medication. Based on the progression of disease, your age, medical history, tolerance for certain drugs and other factors, your physician may prescribe one or some of the following:

  • ACE inhibitors or Angiotensin II to lower blood pressure and take stress off the heart
  • Beta-blockers to lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate and ease some of chronic heart failure’s symptoms
  • Digoxin to decrease heartbeat while strengthening the heart
  • Diuretics to rid the body of excess salt and fluid
  • Nitrates to ease pain in the chest
  • Calcium blockers to boost circulation and decrease blood pressure
  • Blood thinners to stop the formation of blood clots

Surgical Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure

  • Heart valve repair
  • Heart valve replacement with either a tissue or mechanical valve
  • Coronary bypass surgery in cases of congestive heart failure
  • Dor procedure
  • Heart transplant in the most severe cases