Valley Heart & Vascular Institute - Congestive Heart Failure Program
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Heart Failure Program

Note: Please click here for our Living with Heart Failure brochure. You may also view the brochure in Spanish, Russian, Korean, and Polish.

Heart failure is one of the most prevalent conditions in clinical medicine. Five million people in the U.S. have heart failure, and it is estimated that 68% of these patients suffer from coronary disease. Yet, only 11% of all patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy undergo cardiac catheterization. In turn, only a fraction of heart failure patients can be treated with the many tools available today. Two thirds of patients with heart failure due to ischemic cardiomyopathy have recoverable myocardium and could be helped by surgery or percutaneous intervention.

At Valley MRI technology with special software – MARISA – allows doctors to identify patients that could benefit from available therapies.

Valley’s Heart Failure Program is a multidisciplinary program that incorporates the expertise of physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, cardiac rehabilitation professionals, case management specialists, respiratory therapists, and home care staff. The program offers patient education and professional consultation.

The Heart Failure Program has been integrated with the hospital’s cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, diagnostic imaging, and home care services to ensure heart failure patients access to existing evidence-based evaluations and treatments.

Valley has also developed strategies to improve surgical outcomes in patients with severely diminished left ventricular function (‘low-ejection fraction’ patients). The philosophy is based on minimizing or eliminating the duration of ‘down-time’ of the heart muscle during heart surgery.

Technologies and procedures offered through Valley’s Heart Failure Program include:

  • cardiac MRI with MARISA capability,
  • ultrafiltration,
  • defibrillators and resynchronization,
  • ventricular remodeling surgery, and
  • left ventricular assist devices.

For information on the current Congestive Heart Failure clinical trials available, click here.

For more information about Valley's Heart Failure Program, please call 201-447-8018.

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