Can surgery help heart failure?

Surgery. Transplantation
If you have very severe heart failure, a heart transplant may be an option. Heart transplants can be very successful but they aren't suitable for everybody because of the risks of surgery. There are also a limited number of donor hearts available.


Valve replacement
If your heart failure is caused by one or more of the valves in your heart not working properly, replacing these valves may improve your symptoms.


Coronary artery bypass graft
If your heart failure is caused by coronary heart disease, you may be offered a coronary artery bypass graft. This aims to bypass your blocked arteries to increase the blood flow to your heart. This can help to improve the pumping action of your heart.

Related Questions

Holter shows 17, 000 pvcs. Ep says do nothing, meds, or ablation. Father of 2, now scared about future heart failure/surgery. Should I be worried?

VPCs. Vpcs have many possible causes and meanings. Many times they do not need to be treated even if very frequent. The ep physicians are specialists in rhythm and should be well qualified to judge whether treatment is indicated. You should discuss with the ep and ask for explanation and if needed reassurance as the ep has the most information about you. Read more...

I'm 23 with pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure. The pills my lung doctor puts me on constantly makes me sick. Could surgery help?

No . I don't know of any operation other than heart-lung transplant that will help. Talk over the side effects with your doctor. There are several different medicines that can be used and sometimes, a medicine that's upsetting you can be adjused to a more tolerable dose. Read more...
PAH. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) is best treated medically, assuming your doctor has excluded chronic lung blood clots as a cause. The only surgery for group 1 pah is lung transplant which is reserved for patients who fail medical therapy. There are several drugs available for pah, perhaps there are other options. Please discuss with your doctor. Read more...
Depends. There are no definitive surgical options for pulmonary hypertension. There are several option fors pulmonary vasodilator therapies , and if one is causing side effects, others can be tried. Lung transplant would only be an option if you have adequate right ventricular function. Read more...

Is it risky for someone to have hip surgery when they have congestive heart failure? I know someone having hip surgery and was wondering how risky it

Surgery. If a patient has active symptomatic congestive failure the risk of surgery is very high. We generally don't operate unless CHF is well controlled and not symptomatic at the time of surgery. Read more...

My sister had an open heart surgery onths ago now she is in hospital with congestive heart failure what's the chance to survive?

Ask her doctor. With her permission. We do not have enough information to make that assessment. Her cardiologist is in the best position to make that assessment. Wish you and her the best. Read more...
Multiple variables. Survival in this setting depends on the amount of cardiac damage (lv function), upon the severity of CHF symptoms, the associated systemic tissue perfusion, and other comorbidities (like renal function, diabetes, bp, and cardiac arrhythmias that might be present. Overall, the pre-bypass heart function coupled with such comorbidities will dictate long term prognosis.Respiratory status. Read more...
Depends. Sorry your sister is sick. Prognosis with heart failure depends on a lot of things like age, other illnesses, heart function, the reason for the heart failure, and the extent to which this can be addressed. Read more...

I am a 26 year old mother witha heart failure andndergone laser heart surgery, is it safe for me to have another baby?

Complicated. You should see a cardiologist for an opinion in conjunction with your ob/gyn. Read more...
Discussion . You have to discuss it with your cardiologist, who can assess your risks and explain them to you. Read more...
Best answered localy. This issue can only be answered honestly by the people who have seen & evaluated your case. The stress of a pregnancy may or may not be reasonable & the cardiologist in consultation with your pcp and or OB can gauge the risks involved. I caution you to seek their advice before trying as the stress could be dangerous to you & baby alike. Read more...