As part of your ongoing treatment, your doctor will also try to
prevent or treat problems—such as fever,
anemia—that can lead to
sudden heart failure. Treatment may include:
Getting vaccines. Your doctor may want you to get vaccines against
flu. These vaccines can keep you from getting
infections that could put you in the hospital.
Checking your weight. Your doctor will probably give you
guidelines for watching fluid buildup and tell you how much weight gain is too
Getting devices to fix heart rhythm problems. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a
biventricular pacemaker that can help your heart pump blood better. This is also called cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Or you may
implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) to stop a deadly rhythm. Some people get a pacemaker that is combined with an
Oxygen treatment. Your doctor may recommend
oxygen therapy to reduce your
shortness of breath and increase your ability to exercise.
You might take part in a disease management program. These programs include a broad range of services, such as education, home health care, visiting nurses, and rehabilitation.
A very small number of people may have other treatments, including: