How can I prevent heart failure?

Prevention of heart failure. You're less likely to get heart failure if you take steps to follow a healthy lifestyle.


You can reduce your chance of getting heart failure by:
• not smoking
• losing excess weight
• doing regular physical activity – aim for 30 minutes on at least five days a week
• eating a healthy, balanced diet without too much salt
• not drinking more than four units of alcohol a day for men or three units for women

If you have a condition that can lead to heart failure, for example high blood pressure, it's important to get treatment as soon as possible to try to prevent heart failure developing.
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Can heart failure be prevented?

Absolutely. The most common causes of heart failure include coronary artery disease and hypertension. Effective treatment of these two entities can reduce subsequent heart failure. Read more...
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How do I prevent me from passing away from heart failure like the rest of my old family members?

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How effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure?

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Is there a way to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent heart failure?

Yes. There are many effective ways to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent consequences such as heart failure. The most common way is with medications such as beta blockers or other anti-arrhythmic medications. There are also procedures, called ablations, which treat the arrhythmia by interupting the electrical signals of the arrhythmia. A qualified cardiologist should be able to help. Read more...
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How do I prevent congestive heart failure?

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