Nobody’s heart failure treatment is the same. It depends on several factors, like the severity of your condition and your state of health. Your healthcare providers take note of these factors to create a personalized treatment plan. This plan will include one or more of the following:
- Medical procedures
- Lifestyle management
Your treatment is meant to ease your heart’s workload, prevent any further damage, and improve your heart’s function.
Some who are diagnosed with heart failure benefit from surgical procedures or those performed in a catheter laboratory, or ‘cath lab’. These procedures may accomplish:
- Open or bypass coronary arteries. If you suffer from atherosclerosis, your healthcare provider may suggest a procedure that will open or bypass the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen.
- Repair or replace heart structures. Heart failure may be caused by structural problems such as an abnormal heart valve or a hole between the heart’s chambers. Your healthcare provider may recommend a procedure that repairs or replaces the defect.
- Implant cardiac devices. It may be suggested you make use of a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or other device. These devices help to maintain healthy heart rhythm and rate, preventing changes in your heart’s rhythm that may threaten your life.
- Replace or assist your heart. In more severe cases of heart failure, it cannot be stabilized by means other than heart transplant surgery. Your healthcare provider may also recommend an assist device such as a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD.
It’s very common that a person diagnosed with heart failure received a treatment plan including medication. Different medications produce different effects, and the medications you’re prescribed may change as your healthcare provider assesses how your body reacts to them. We recommend you learn what your medication is meant to do. Your medications likely fall into the following categories:
- 3D Echo
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Cardiac CT
- Cardiac MRI
- Electrocardiograms (EKG, ECG)
- Electrophysiology Study
- Stress Testing