Can You Get Better After a Diagnosis of Heart Failure?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Heart failure cardiologist Maria Mountis, DO, answers this one about heart failure.
Q: I’ve been diagnosed with heart failure. Can I get better?
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You should do some sort of physical activity, such as walking, biking, swimming, or lifting light weights. Or ask your physician about a prescription for cardiac rehab. But be sure to avoid more strenuous activities such as shoveling snow in the cold, running in hot, humid weather or lifting heavy weights.
Ask your doctor about dietary changes, such as eating a low-salt diet or restricting fluids. Other healthful changes you can make include quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, being screened for sleep apnea, controlling high blood pressure and reducing stress.
Your doctor also may also prescribe medications to ease your symptoms and improve your heart function.
— Heart failure cardiologist Maria Mountis, DO