Heart Failure and Treatments Options

Heart failure is caused by conditions that include dilated cardiomyopathy, in which heart muscle becomes thin and the heart enlarges; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy where the heart muscle becomes thick and rigid; coronary artery disease, the buildup of plaque in the arteries often leading to a heart attack or a bypass surgery; high blood pressure; and other heart ailments.

As a result of these conditions, in some cases the heart can’t effectively pump blood out of its chambers, while in other cases, the heart has difficulty filling with blood.

Patients with heart failure that isn’t effectively managed by lifestyle changes, medications, and procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, conventional heart surgery, and pacemaker implantation may be candidates for LVAD or heart transplantation surgery.

Our team conducts a thorough health evaluation to determine if an LVAD or heart transplant is appropriate for you. Testing usually takes three or four days and can be done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, depending on the severity of your heart failure.

The decision to perform a heart transplant versus an LVAD implantation depends on a number of factors. These include patients’ overall health, the severity and location of their heart condition, the availability of suitable donor hearts, and patient preferences and treatment goals.

Our heart specialists work closely with you and your family to make the most appropriate treatment choices.

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