Heart failure is a lifelong condition that needs to be managed. There are a number of treatment options, which will ultimately depend on:
- The underlying reason for the heart failure—for example, if you had a prior heart attack, or have high blood pressure or a valve problem
- Your type of heart failure—often based on your ejection fraction (normal vs. low)
- How severe your heart failure is; there is a very wide range of severity from very mild to extremely severe. This is estimated based on your symptoms.
- Other existing conditions such as what your kidney function is
Treatment generally includes a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, cardiac rehab, and procedures.