Advanced Heart Failure
Lutheran Health Physicians' advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology teams provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for advanced heart failure and heart transplant patients. Lutheran Hospital's heart transplant program begin in 1985, and more than 300 patients have received new hearts since the program's inception.
Although medications, lifestyle changes and/or supervised exercise in a cardiac rehabilitation program can reduce symptoms for some heart failure patients, it's not enough for others, and some form of surgery may be required. The goals of surgery are to relieve symptoms so patients have more energy, breathe easier, stay out of the hospital and live longer.
Common surgeries to treat advanced heart failure include:
- AED and pacemaker implantation
- Coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG)
- Heart valve surgeries
- Left ventricle reconstruction
- Ventricular assist devices (VADs)
- Heart transplants