Advanced Heart Failure Treatments | MedStar Health

Advanced heart failure is a form of heart failure that has progressed to the most serious stage. Heart failure gets worse over time. There are four main stages, based on a patient’s risks and symptoms. Patients who have advanced heart failure are in the most severe stage of the disease.

Though this condition is serious, there is hope for patients with this disease. Our Advanced Heart Failure Program team provides early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of advanced heart failure. No other team in the mid-Atlantic region matches our quality of care or patient outcomes. In 1988, MedStar Health became one of the first four hospitals to implant a ventricular assist device to help a weakened heartbeat better, and our heart transplant team was the first in our region in 1987.

We offer a wide spectrum of treatments for patients with advanced heart failure.

CardioMEMS™ remote patient monitoring

CardioMEMS™ provides pulmonary artery pressure remote monitoring using a small sensor.

Barostim™ heart assist device

A FDA-approved heart failure device that uses neuromodulation – the power of the brain and nervous system-to improve systems of patients with systolic heart failure.

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Inotropic therapy

Inotropic therapy is an IV medication that can relieve symptoms and abnormal heart rhythms.

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Interventional heart failure treatment

Brings together heart failure and interventional cardiology, drawing expertise from both fields of practice. Many heart failure patients have aortic, mitral, and tricuspid heart valve defects, or develop it as a result.

Ventricular assist devices (VADs)

A ventricular assist device (VAD), also known as a mechanical circulatory support device, helps the heart pump blood more effectively during end-stage heart failure.

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Heart transplant

A transplant replaces a diseased, failing heart with a healthier heart from a donor.

Learn More About Heart Transplant

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, pumps your blood through a machine so your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.

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Other heart failure treatment options

Treatments for heart failure such as medications, remote patient monitoring, mechanical devices, such as defibrillators and pacemakers, heart valve interventions, and surgery may vary based on the cause and severity of your condition.

Learn More Heart Failure Treatment Options

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

7503 Surratts Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Health: Heart and Vascular at Glen Burnie

808 Landmark Drive
Suite 120
Glen Burnie, MD 21061


MedStar Health: Cardiology Associates at Annapolis

2002 Medical Parkway
Suite 500
Annapolis, MD 21401

MedStar Health: Cardiac Electrophysiology at Reston Town Center

1830 Town Center Drive
Suite 405
Reston, VA 20190

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