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Intra-aortic balloon pump

An intra-aortic balloon pump is sometimes used to help the heart pump more blood during sudden heart failure.


Talk to your doctor before you take any over-the-counter medicine or supplement. They are used along with medical treatments for heart failure, not instead of treatment.

You may hear about supplements, vitamins, or hormones that might improve heart failure symptoms.

Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acid) supplements have been shown to help heart failure patients. In some studies, fish oil supplements, taken along with other heart failure medicines, helped people stay out of the hospital and live longer.2

No other supplement, vitamin, or hormone has been shown definitely to relieve heart failure or help you live longer.

Examples include coenzyme Q10 and hawthorn.

  • Only some of the studies of coenzyme Q10 showed that it helps heart failure symptoms.3
  • Hawthorn is an herb that is sometimes used in Europe and Asia to try to increase blood flow to the heart.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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