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When is surgery needed to treat heart failure?

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In some cases, when drugs don't improve heart function enough or cannot be tolerated, surgery or other intervention is necessary. Doctors recommend surgery for several major reasons: to correct certain problems that cause heart failure (such as coronary-artery bypass graft surgery), to repair or replace valves, to implant devices (such as an intra-aortic balloon pump, specialized pacemakers, ICDs, or ventricular-assist devices) to help the heart pump, or to transplant a new heart. Heart transplants are used to treat severe congestive heart failure.

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Silver, W., “Success With Heart Failure: Help and Hope for Those with Congestive Heart Failure,” HarperCollins, 3rd edition October 16, 2002. 

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

SOURCES: 

Silver, W., “Success With Heart Failure: Help and Hope for Those with Congestive Heart Failure,” HarperCollins, 3rd edition October 16, 2002. 

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

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