Congestive heart failure typically develops slowly and involves a gradual loss in the ability of the heart to pump blood adequately.
In contrast, a heart attack is a sudden event where the blood supply to the heart is interrupted.
Congestive Heart Failure Tests and Exams
UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons have access to the most novel and cutting-edge diagnostic tests and procedures available today.
Using this wide variety of both noninvasive and invasive cardiac examinations, the heart failure specialists can pinpoint the exact nature of heart disease. This allows us to individualize your heart failure treatment options based on your specific diagnosis.
Heart Failure Treatment
Each member of our heart failure team believes strongly in the mission to educate patients on their disease and together develop the best treatment plan for their illness.
The treatment of heart failure can be viewed as a continuum. In general, early treatment focuses on lifestyle changes and optimization of basic medical therapies. The next steps in treatment include more aggressive medical therapies or potentially a pacemaker or defibrillator.
If you’re part of the small percentage of patients for whom heart failure continues to progress, our team of experts can provide you with the most advanced solutions using artificial heart pumps (ventricular assist devices) or by offering a heart transplant.
Bi-ventricular pacemakers are a surgical treatment option for some patients suffering from heart failure.
Another surgical option for the treatment of heart failure is the left ventricular assist device, or LVAD. Some patients may be candidates for this surgery as they await a heart transplant. At UT Southwestern, the LVAD is used as a treatment option for select patients who are not eligible for transplantation.
Heart Failure Hospital Unit
William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital houses a specialized heart-failure unit. Here, the goal is to provide focused treatment through multidisciplinary physician care, a one-to-three nurse/patient ratio, and primary care nursing.
We have the advanced medical resources and diagnostic techniques that enable you to lead a long and healthy life. Our cardiovascular specialists can discuss all the options available to effectively treat specific conditions of heart failure.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a heart failure expert at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.