Can You Get Better After a Diagnosis of Heart Failure?

The Short Answer from a heart failure cardiologist

Q: I’ve been diagnosed with heart failure. Can I get better?

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A: Heart failure is a condition that may get worse with time if not treated appropriately and in a timely manner.  However, managing heart failure can help lessen symptoms and slow progression.

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.

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Your doctor also may also prescribe medications to ease your symptoms and improve your heart function.

— Heart failure cardiologist Maria Mountis, DO

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