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Prognosis

The outlook depends on the patient's age, the severity of the heart failure, the severity of the underlying heart disease and 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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