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What Different Types of Heart Surgery are Available to Treat Congestive Heart Failure?

Elder Care in Aventura FL

Throughout the United States there are nearly 6 million adults who are suffering from congestive heart failure. This condition contributes to 1 in 9 deaths each year. This accounts Elder-Care-in-Aventura-FLfor approximately half of the people who are diagnosed with congestive heart failure dying within 5 years of their initial diagnosis. Encouraging your parent to undergo prompt treatment and to make lifestyle changes that support their heart health can help them to reduce their risk of mortality and increase their quality of life as they age in place.

Depending on the extent of the damage done by your parent’s congestive heart failure, one form of treatment that their doctor might recommend is heart surgery. There are multiple forms of surgery available and the doctor will determine which is the most appropriate for your aging loved one according to their other health needs as well as the specific type of damage already done to their heart.


Some of the types of heart surgery available to treat congestive heart failure include:

  • Implantable Cardiverter-Defibrillator. Also referred to as an ICD, this tiny device is implanted directly into the heart. When it detects changes in the rhythm of the heart that might be life threatening, it administers a shock that paces the heart.
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. Also known as CRT, this devices “reteaches” your parent’s heart ventricles to work in synchronization and contract normally. This helps to improve overall heart function.
  • Left ventricular assist device. One of the more aggressive forms of surgery available for the treatment of congestive heart failure is a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD. This device is a battery operated pump that is implanted into the body and used to take on the demands of the left ventricle of the heart. This ventricle is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body and is often the most weakened by CHF. This pump features a battery and control system outside of the body, but is portable and can be in place for several weeks or even months at a time. This type of device is generally used in patients who are awaiting a heart transplant or who are approaching their end-of-life transition and will not undergo a transplant but wish to have a higher quality of life toward the end.


If your parent will be undergoing heart surgery soon, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. Having an elderly home care services provider in the home with them leading up to their surgery is a fantastic way to help them to prepare their body and their mind for the procedure so that they can be as ready as possible. This can include eating a healthier diet, losing any weight that the doctor might recommend, and starting physical activity. Following the surgery, this elder care provider can continue this personalized course of care to help your loved one through their recovery. The physical care and emotional support they can offer can help your aging parent cope with the challenges of recovery and get through it in the best way possible so that they can enjoy more a more active, fulfilling, and engaged life sooner.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Aventura, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (855) 622-0588.



Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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