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Can you recover from heart failure?

I am a 55 year old male. I want to know if you can recover from heart failure?

4 Answers

Yes, one can recover from heart failure. Heart failure is a weakening of the heart muscle because of years of beating against untreated high blood pressure which causes the heart muscle to become weak and thin. It can also occur after a heart attack if a significant mount of the heart muscle is involved. A heart attack, or myocardial infarction occurs when a coronary artery is closed. That occurs when there is already a significant amount of "plaque" in the artery and clot then also appears. Plaque is also known as atherosclerosis. The combination of plaque in and then clot in the vessel causes the artery to completely close and the muscle that it is perfusing then dies because there is acutely no flow to the muscle because the artery was bringing oxygenated blood to the heart. Simply, no oxygen flow causes death of the muscle. Recovery involves exercise. which can make the heart muscle stronger. This can simply be walking and can be increased as the patient's ability to exercise increases. It also involves medications and control of the cause of the problem, such as control of hypertension and medications for the coronary artery disease or angioplasty or surgery. Every patient is different, but that is a brief overview.

Donna M. Mendes, MD
I am sorry about your health issue. In most cases, one can recover from some cases of heart failure if the reason for it was curable (infection that’s was treated, toxins that were eliminated and others). It also depends on failure stage (severity). I would recommend to see a cardiologist and ask for best opinion in your particular clinical case.
Hope you feel better.

Natalie Marks, MD
You can control heart failure with good management. Thanks
Yes you can recover.