Treatments for Advanced Heart Failure
Treating Advanced Heart Failure
Many patients at risk for developing heart failure can be treated with lifestyle changes. Quitting smoking, managing high blood pressure, and keeping your cholesterol in check can all help prevent decreases in heart function. In patients with more advanced signs of heart failure, medications and implantable devices may be used to help mitigate the symptoms.
When a patient is considered to be in heart failure, special therapies are used in conjunction with lifestyle changes, medication, and devices. A salt-restricted diet may be imposed, and diuretics may be prescribed to help ease fluid retention.
In advanced heart failure, therapies typically take one of four possible courses:
Compassionate end-of-life care (Hospice)
Medication and IV therapy
Mechanical Circulatory Support/Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with advanced heart failure, you can find the care you need at the Center for Advanced Heart Therapies, located at Delray Medical Center. Our highly specialized heart failure therapies are designed to expand the treatment options for heart failure patients and give improve their quality of life. The Center for Advanced Heart Therapies team includes renowned heart surgeons, heart failure and transplant cardiologists, and VAD coordinators dedicated to caring for patients living with heart failure and their families.