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The outlook depends on:

  • Patient's age

  • Severity of the heart failure

  • Severity of the underlying heart disease

  • Other factors

When heart failure develops suddenly and has a treatable cause, people sometimes can regain normal heart function after treatment.

With appropriate treatment, even people who develop heart failure as a result of long-standing heart disease often can enjoy many years of productive life.

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