Advanced Heart Failure Program

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Heart failure is a scary and daunting diagnosis that requires the highest quality of care in order to achieve favorable outcomes. Here, our heart failure program offers specialized treatments and an unparalleled depth of expertise. Our physicians are also on the front lines of developing and participating in the latest clinical trials, giving patients access to treatments not available elsewhere.

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Patient Centered Care for Heart Failure Patients

In our heart failure program, you receive comprehensive and highly specialized care required to manage advanced heart failure from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Features of this program include:

  • Expert Team: Our team of experts includes physicians from different subspecialties who are all dedicated to providing specialized care and achieving the most favorable outcome, including for those with advanced heart disease where standard medical interventions have been unsuccessful. Furthermore, all specialists work seamlessly together and are conveniently located on the Medical Center campus.
  • High Risk Patients: We provide hope for those patients who have been deemed too high risk. We are a national referral center for patients whose heart failure diagnosis is too complicated for other centers to treat. We work with high risk patients to overcome those factors that previously limited their treatment options.
  • Range of Treatment Options: We offer the full spectrum of medical and surgical options for patients with advanced heart failure, including a robust ventricular assist device (VAD) and heart transplantation program. Our heart failure experts can provide individualized treatment options for patients with early stages of heart failure as well as those with end stage heart failure.
  • Access to Clinical Trials: We are constantly engaged in clinical research that seeks to improve upon existing treatments, as well as create new and innovative treatments. Our patients receive these new treatments before they are available to general public. 
  • Holistic Care: We treat patients, not conditions. We take pride in developing personal relationships with our patients and taking the time to get to know you. We encourage you to play an active role in your healthcare decisions. Our program offers a monthly heart transplant support group, peer-to-peer mentoring, and an active Facebook page. 

Diagnosing Heart Failure

We begin the diagnosis by taking your medical history and performing a careful physical examination. We will then order tests to confirm the diagnosis. The more accurate your diagnosis, the more effective your treatment can be. Learn more about cardiac diagnosis.

Heart Failure Treatments

After a thorough medical history, physical exam, and clear diagnosis, our team works to create an individualized plan to control heart failure symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. We offer the full spectrum treatment options for heart failure, including:

  • Lifestyle modifications can keep heart failure from getting worse. This includes a balanced, low-sodium diet, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking.
  • Medical management can have a number of goals: lower blood pressure, reduce the amount of fluid in the body, improve circulation, slow the heart rate and prevent irregular heartbeats. We will plan a medication regimen for you to follow and monitor you closely to ensure you feel a relief of symptoms. 
  • Heart failure procedures may be necessary if lifestyle changes and medical management are not effective. Our physicians perform a range of minimally invasive procedures as well as traditional surgery as treatment options for heart failure related conditions, including:
    • Pacemakers or Defibrillators: pacemakers to help pace the heart and defibrillators (ICDs) that shock the heart back to its regular rhythm. Learn more about ICDs and Pacemakers
    • Coronary bypass surgery: CABG procedures help to restore blood flow. To learn more about coronary artery disease program.
    • Heart valve surgery: You may need surgery to repair or replace one of your heart valves. Learn more about our heart valve disease program
    • Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD): Ventricular assist devices help patients who are waiting for a new heart. We are innovating new VAD techniques such as a minimally invasive implantation procedure and a new VAD for use in children. Learn more about VADs.
    • Heart transplant: We may recommend a heart transplant for patients with advanced heart failure who continue to have severe symptoms despite maximal medical therapy. Learn more about our Heart & Lung Transplant Program

Team of Experts

Our program features a team of specialists with expertise different aspects of advanced heart failure care. Meet the team.

Our team of experts includes: