Heart failure is a very common and a very serious condition. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute writes that about 5.8 million people in the United States suffer from heart failure. There is no cure for this condition, but treatment such as medicines and lifestyle changes can help people who suffer from heart failure live longer and more active lives. Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden reported on Nov. 1, 2013, that patients who have heart failure need specialist care.
Lifestyle changes, including weight control, avoidance of smoking and illicit drugs, adequate rest, more exercise, and a healthy diet are important for the treatment of heart failure. A heart healthy diet includes a large variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and protein foods, such as lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds, beans, peas and chicken. This diet should also be low in salt, solid fats, sugars and refined grains.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden say that heart failure is associated with high risk for early death and a lower quality of life. Drug therapy often improves symptoms and reduces mortality. Specialists think that modern heart failure pacemakers, heart pumps and also heart transplantation are of significant benefit in selected patients, but are not well utilized.
Studies have shown that this is because heart failure patients are generally cared for by generalist doctors who often have a limited awareness of these treatments. Referrals to physicians who have specialized training in all dimensions of proper prevention and treatment for heart failure is therefore advisable.