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What is the treatment for heart failure?

Heart failure treatment options include making healthier decisions about lifestyle and diet, taking medications, and sometimes implanting devices. Heart transplant is sometimes considered for certain individuals.

In acute or decompensated heart failure, the person may need hospitalization or even intravenous medications to help recover.

What diet and lifestyle management techniques helps heart failure?

Many lifestyle and diet factors can improve, or even reverse, congestive heart failure. Cardiac rehabilitation programs can teach people how to make lifestyle changes, as can integrative cardiology clinics. Some of the lifestyle factors that make a difference include:

  • Manage stress by doing mind-body practices such as Tai Chi, yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation
  • Quit smoking or using tobacco
  • Eliminate alcohol
  • Eat a healthy Mediterranean, vegetarian, or vegan diet
  • Be physically active and become stronger
  • Get enough restful sleep
  • Manage and treat sleep apnea
  • Take dietary supplements including CoQ10, L-carnitine, Crataegus (hawthorne), magnesium, and fish oil
  • Avoiding salt and excess fluids

Talk to your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/22/2016


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