Treatment of heart failure depends on etiology, left ventricular function and severity of symptoms. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment involves close collaboration between health care providers. In heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, pharmacological treatment and device therapies are based on solid scientific evidence. Less data exist on treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, where management of underlying diseases contributing to the syndrome is the primary goal. Patient education and self-care may reduce the need for hospitalizations and improve quality of life. Physical exercise reduces symptoms and improves exercise tolerance.
Jyri Lommi (Chair)