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Prevent lung infections. Ask your doctor about flu and pneumonia vaccines. Take your medications as prescribed. Don't stop taking them without first asking your doctor. Even if you have no symptoms, the drugs help your heart pump better. Get emotional or psychological support, if you need it. Don't face things alone. Get the backing you need from social workers, psychologists, clergy, and support groups. Ask your doctor to point you in the right direction.

From: Heart Failure Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

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National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "How Is Heart Failure Treated?" "Ventricular Assist Device."

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure Medications."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

UpToDate: "Cardiac resynchronization therapy in heart failure: Indications," "General principles of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator."

International Journal of Clinical PracticeI : “Ivabradine -- the first selective sinus node channel inhibitor in the treatment of stable angina.” f

Harvard Health Publishing: "Heart failure and potassium."

Clinical Calcium : "Magnesium in congestive heart failure."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "How Is Heart Failure Treated?" "Ventricular Assist Device."

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure Medications."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

UpToDate: "Cardiac resynchronization therapy in heart failure: Indications," "General principles of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator."

International Journal of Clinical PracticeI : “Ivabradine -- the first selective sinus node channel inhibitor in the treatment of stable angina.” f

Harvard Health Publishing: "Heart failure and potassium."

Clinical Calcium : "Magnesium in congestive heart failure."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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