There’s no cure for congestive heart failure -- not yet anyway. But if you or a loved one is among the 5.8 million Americans living with heart failure, even if it’s advanced, you should know that simple self-care measures can effectively help curb fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, and other symptoms.
In addition to improving their quality of life, heart failure patients who practice good self-care are less likely to wind up in the hospital.
“Heart failure is a progressive disease, but the...
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
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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
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May 08, 2013
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