What are treatments for congestive heart failure? Heart failure is a chronic illness; successful management of heart failure can be done. To be successful at managing your heart failure, you must learn what to watch for and what your doctor wants you to do. For example, one recommendation is to weigh daily. If you gain weight several days in a row, the weight gain may be a symptom that your body is holding fluid (the heart failure is getting worse.) Talk to your doctor and learn what he wants you to do when this happens.
There are several types of medications which treat heart failure. They include high blood pressure medications, diuretics (water pills), and heart medicines.
Surgery may be needed to treat heart failure. If a heart rhythm problem is the cause of the heart failure, a pacemaker or defibrillator pacemaker may improve quality of life greatly. If the heart failure is caused by blocked coronary arteries (arteries which carry blood to the heart muscle itself), a coronary bypass surgery (CABG) may be recommended. If a faulty heart valve causes the heart failure, surgery to repair or replace the valve may be needed. You can find more information about heart failure at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-failure/DS00061