Congestive heart failure cannot be cured. It is a chronic, long-term condition that requires close monitoring by a physician. Medicine, lifestyle changes, surgery and medical devices can help in treating the symptoms of congestive heart failure, as noted by MedlinePlus.
Treatment of congestive heart failure requires tight control of medication. Some medications prescribed for heart failure reduce cholesterol, thin the blood to prevent clotting, and improve heart strength and rhythm. Some others reduce additional damage to the heart, remove excess fluid that causes swelling, and widens blood vessels to reduce heart rate. Some lifestyle changes that help heart failure patients feel better include not smoking, staying active, lowering cholesterol and losing weight if overweight, according to MedlinePlus.