For many people, heart failure
may be avoided with the same strategies that reduce the risk of heart
disease and other health problems. This approach, called "primary
A healthy lifestyle.
Individuals reduce their chance of developing heart failure if they
live a healthy life that includes such things as regular exercise, a
healthy diet, maintaining a desirable weight, and not smoking.
Treating and monitoring underlying
diseases and conditions that may contribute to heart
failure, such as coronary artery disease, heart valve damage, high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and thyroid disease.