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How to Treat Congestive Heart Failure

Learn how to treat congestive heart failure from Dr. Dennis Finkielstein in this Howcast video.

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So, how do you treat heart failure? Well, there are many different ways to treat heart failure and it depends on the cause. One of the most common causes of heart failure would be atherosclerosis, or a buildup of cholesterol plaque in the arteries which limit the blood flow and can lead to heart attack and a weakened heart muscle.

One major way to treat that would be to restore some of the blood flow with various procedures like an angioplasty or stent, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In addition, a lot of medications will help prevent the progression of that atherosclerosis and lead to restoration of heart muscle function.
Another major cause of heart failure would be cardiomyopathy, or a weakened heart muscle, coming from various conditions such as infections or direct toxins. And a treatment would involve treating the infection and removing the offending toxin.

For all patients with heart failure, taking the medicines that improve heart muscle function, as well as seeing your doctor regularly, limiting your sodium intake, and keeping a daily weight log are important ways to help improve your heart failure symptoms and restore your heart muscle's function.The good news is that while heart failure us often not curable, it's very much treatable by seeing your doctor regularly and taking the medicines they prescribe. And those would be the basic ways that we treat heart failure.

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