Heart Failure - Treatment Overview
In some cases when standard
treatment doesn't help, you may have other
treatments. These include:
But these are options for only a very small number of
As your heart
failure gets worse, you may want to think about
palliative care. It's a kind of
care for people who have illnesses that don't go away and often get worse over
time. It's different than care to cure your illness. But
some people combine both types of care.
- May improve your quality of life-not just in your body, but also in your mind and
- May help you manage symptoms or side
effects from treatment.
- Can help you cope
with your feelings about living with a long-term illness.
- Can help you make plans around your medical
- Can help your family better understand
your illness and how to support you.
If you are interested in palliative care, talk to
your doctor. He or she may be able to manage your care or refer you to a doctor
who specializes in this type of care.
For more information, see
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. For more information, see