About Advanced Heart FailureAdvanced heart failure requires a specialized treatment plan, and our physicians are nationally known for creating innovative plans for patients with complex cases. While many heart failure patients are able to manage their symptoms with lifestyle changes and basic medicines, approximately 10 percent of heart failure patients progress to the advanced stage and require more complex treatments. The cardiologists and surgeons in our Advanced Heart Failure Program will work with you and your regular cardiologist to determine which treatment will provide the best possible outcome.
Symptoms of Advanced Heart Failure
Advanced heart failure symptoms can vary from day to day and depend on your activity level. Many of the symptoms are common in other diseases so it’s important to get evaluated by a doctor so that you may get the right treatment as soon as possible. Advanced heart failure symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of legs and feet
- Swelling of abdomen
- Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
Treatment Options we Specialize in
Our dedicated team of specially-trained physicians, nurses and support staff is leading the way in caring for advanced heart failure through a wide range of sophisticated and effective tests and treatments including:
- Specialized cardiopulmonary stress studies that identify patients who have progressed to the more advanced stages of heart failure.
- Medications that increase the heart’s squeezing ability.
- Repair and replacement of damaged heart valves using minimally invasive approaches that avoid open-heart surgery.
- Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are an option either as a permanent treatment or a temporary measure before a heart transplant.
- Heart transplantation
- Treatment of infiltrative cardiomyopathies (cardiac amyloidosis and cardiac sarcoidosis)
- Comprehensive pulmonary hypertension program
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Clinical research giving our patients the possibility of early access to emerging new therapies.
- Do you become short of breath walking up stairs or down the block?
- Have you been readmitted to the hospital for heart failure within the past six months?
- Are your medications no longer helping with your heart failure symptoms, such as fluid retention or swelling in the ankles or lower legs?
If you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions, you may want to talk with your doctor about receiving further medical evaluation and discuss the latest treatment options available.
Why patients choose us
We’re proud to offer comprehensive pre-and post-treatment options for advanced heart failure, including the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient treatments, state-of-the-art heart imaging services and a cardiac rehabilitation program to aid in recovery.
Our experts collaborate with more than 170 other cardiovascular specialists and physicians representing multiple other specialties throughout our system to ensure that we provide the highest level of care for advanced heart failure patients with even the most challenging cases.
Through a unique alliance with the nation’s No. 1 heart program, the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, we’ve transformed heart care for the region by sharing both experience and research for better patient results.
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