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Heart Failure Management Options

Implantable Devices and Other Heart Failure Management Options

If you receive a heart failure diagnosis, you and your doctor will discuss what management options are best for you. Sometimes heart failure is sudden, such as after a heart attack. More often, heart failure is chronic (long-lasting) and progressive, meaning that it worsens over time, especially without treatment. While there is no cure for heart failure, today’s management and monitoring options help more people than ever manage their heart failure, live longer and improve their quality of life.

Your doctor may recommend a treatment based on many factors, including:

  • The type of heart failure you are experiencing
  • Your symptoms
  • The seriousness of your condition
  • Diseases and conditions that may be contributing to your heart failure
  • Your age and overall health
  • Your medical history and current medications

Treatments for heart failure may include a combination of lifestyle changes, medication, implantable devices such as a pacemaker, defibrillator or ventricular assist device, and surgery. You may receive a remote monitoring system so you can transmit data to your doctor without an in-office visit. It is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations and treatment plan for the best possible outcome.

Cardiac resynchronization therapies (CRTs)

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices are a group of implantable devices that help the heart’s chambers synchronize, or beat at the same rate. CRT devices include specialized pacemakers (CRT-Ps) and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (CRT-Ds).

Learn more about cardiac resynchronization therapies (CRTs).

Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy

Some people suffering from advanced heart failure can be helped with a heart pump, also known as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). LVADs help people when their hearts are too weak to pump blood.

Learn more about left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy.

Other treatments

Sometimes heart failure can be managed or controlled by medication or lifestyle changes, depending on your type and class of heart failure. Surgical procedures may also be an option.

Learn more about other treatments.

Talking about your options

One of the healthiest moves you can make is to actively participate in your own care. Talk with your doctor about your diagnosis, and get support from family and friends.

Learn more about talking about your options.