Congestive heart failure is a long-term, chronic, progressive disease that is not reversible, according to the American Heart Association, especially when CHF has been caused by damage to the heart that has developed over time. Treatments are available, however, to lessen or improve the symptoms of CHF.
While it cannot be cured, strategic treatment often helps to alleviate symptoms. Medication and lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, managing blood pressure and keeping cholesterol levels under control, help control symptoms, reports Heartland Cardiovascular Center. As CHF advances, it is often treated with implantable devices, such as pacemakers and internal defibrillators, which can help to strengthen the heart's output and improve symptoms.