At Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, our dedicated heart failure team supports patients at all stages of heart failure. We blend compassionate care with sophisticated technology, including ventricular assist devices (VAD) that can help you stay mobile even with advanced heart failure.
We also offer heart transplant. In fact, we were the first in Broward County to perform an adult heart transplant.
What Is Heart Failure?
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Your heart’s job is to pump oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body. Heart failure means that the heart can’t pump as well as it should. If blood and fluid back up into the lungs, the condition is called congestive heart failure.
Many heart-related conditions can cause heart failure, including heart attack, heart valve disease, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease. Most often, heart failure is a chronic condition. Certain viruses can also cause heart failure.
Heart failure can greatly affect your quality of life, with symptoms such as:
- Extreme tiredness
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
How We Treat Heart Failure at Memorial
We bring hope to people dealing with the symptoms of heart failure. Our nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other specialists provide care and support. Memorial offers:
- Dedicated clinic with advanced heart failure specialists: Our clinic at Memorial Regional Hospital acts as a one-stop shop for people with heart failure. You can get testing, review your medications, have infusion therapy, talk with a pharmacist and see any specialist you need in one place.
- Full range of treatments: Because heart failure can range from mild to severe, we offer a full spectrum of care, including:
- Medical therapy: A cardiologist will review your medical history, talk to your other doctors and order medications that can help control your heart failure. The right medication therapy can mean the difference between suffering difficult symptoms (like swelling and tiredness) and being able to move around and enjoy life again.
- Ventricular assist devices (VAD): For people whose hearts are growing weaker, we offer mechanical support via a ventricular assist device (VAD). A VAD helps your heart pump blood more effectively. Sometimes it acts as an interim step before heart transplant. Learn more about VAD.
- Heart transplant: For people who qualify for heart transplant, the surgery can be lifesaving and life changing. Find out more about Memorial’s highly successful heart transplant program.
- Compassionate, patient-centered care: We get to know our patients. When you’re here with us, you’re family. It’s not uncommon for our staff to bring in lunch for patients who will be here all day, or for nurses and doctors to call and check on patients when we’re off-duty.
- Adult congenital heart care: Sometimes heart failure is linked to a congenital heart condition. As an accredited Comprehensive Care Center for adult congenital heart disease, we can treat adults with congenital heart conditions. We are the first heart program in Florida to earn ACHD accreditation and one of only a handful around the country with the distinction. Find out more about our adult congenital heart disease program.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about heart and vascular care at Memorial, call 954-265-7750.