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  1. Treatment Overview

    Treatment depends on the cause of heart failure, which type you have, the severity of your symptoms (classification), and how well your body is able to compensate.Treatment of heart failure that is caused by a filling problem (diastolic heart failure) may differ from treatment of heart failure that is caused by a pumping problem (systolic heart failure). Identifying the type of heart failure you .

  2. Topic Overview

    A ventricular assist device (VAD),also known as a heart pump,is a mechanical device that helps pump blood from the heart to the rest of your body. See an illustration of a VAD. A VAD can be implanted in the chest or worn outside the body. If it is implanted,surgery is done to place it in the chest area. The pump part of the VAD is placed in a small space in your upper abdomen. Batteries ...

  3. Topic Overview

    Many hospitals and insurers have developed disease management (DM) programs to educate people with heart failure about their disease. Disease management includes a broad range of health services,such as home health care,visiting nurses,and rehabilitation. The goal of DM programs is to offer a combination of treatment,complication prevention,and education in a variety of settings. Although ...

  4. Joyce's story

    Joyce's first symptom of heart failure hit hard-and suddenly. "I woke up one morning and couldn't breathe," she says. "I was real shaky,and I couldn't lie down at all." Joyce,83,went to the hospital and was diagnosed with heart failure. Then 3 days later,a pacemaker was placed in her chest. Her doctor explained that she had an irregular heartbeat and that a pacemaker could fix it. "My ...

  5. Joan's story

    Joan figured she would need months to recover physically from the heart attack 2 years ago that led to her heart failure. She didn't realize she would need just as much time to recover emotionally. "I was only 52 when I had the heart attack," she says. "Heart disease runs in my family,but I thought I'd been taking care of myself. It just hit me out of the blue. And then I got heart failure ...

  6. Heart Failure and Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers

    WebMD looks at heart failure treatment with angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs, a drug designed to improve blood flow.

  7. Topic Overview

    What is restrictive cardiomyopathy? Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a serious problem that makes your heart muscle stiff. When your heart muscle is stiff,it can't stretch to allow enough blood to enter its lower chambers,the ventricles. So blood that would normally enter the heart backs up in your circulatory system. Most of the time,this leads to heart failure. Heart failure doesn't mean ...

  8. Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about restrictive cardiomyopathy: What is restrictive cardiomyopathy? How can I learn more about heart failure? Getting treatment: What medicines do I take for heart failure? What's the right way to take medicines? What is a heart transplant? Should I get a pacemaker (cardiac resynchronization therapy)? Should I get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)? Living with restrictive ...

  9. Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Heart Failure: Should I Get a Pacemaker (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy)? Heart Failure: Should I Get an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role ...

  10. Edema Overview

    WebMD explains edema, swelling that can be caused by a number of medical conditions, including the types of edema, causes, symptoms, and treatments.

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