Drug therapy to lower blood pressure has been shown to reduce heart failure rates by 40%-60%.
Reducing blockages in the coronary arteries with anti-cholesterol drugs has been shown to reduce heart failure rates by 30%.
Early diagnosis and treatment of heart-valve abnormalities can prevent heart failure caused by chronic volume overload of the heart's left chamber.
Surgery to replace or repair a valve in your heart.
Cardiac rehabilitation, a supervised program that uses exercise, education, and support to help people recover from heart problems. For more
information, see the topic
heart failure can be fixed if another problem can be corrected, such as
by treating hyperthyroidism.
Because heart failure tends to get worse over
time, it's important to think about what kind of care you would like at the end
of your life. It's also important that your doctor and family know what you
An advance directive is a
legal document that tells doctors how to care for you at
the end of your life. To learn more, see