Heart failure prevention
Heart failure is a weakening of the heart muscle causing decreased blood flow to the body inducing a hormonal surge by the brain that results in the symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations, cold extremities, swelling, and chest pain.
At Medical City Heart Hospital, we offer specialized care that you can trust. Our cardiologists are fellowship trained in advanced heart failure and provide complete cardiovascular care through evaluation, treatment and recovery of patients with heart failure. If advanced therapies are needed, such as left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or heart transplantation (HTX), our experts are committed to a comprehensive process of evaluation and guidance. Our goal is to help patients return to normal daily life by providing quality care.
For more information about our heart failure services and treatment options, please call (972) 940-9500.
Goals of heart failure treatment and recovery
Our multi-specialty team of experts, including heart failure cardiologists, surgeons, critical care specialists, internal medicine hospitalists, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, social workers, nutritionists and physical therapists will complete initial evaluations. This will help provide answers to the underlying cause of heart failure.
The first step is to identify and fix the underlying cause of heart weakness. This process often involves procedures, intravenous medications, therapy, close follow-up and most importantly time to heal.
We pride ourselves in educating patients on heart weakness and what patients need to know to prevent future relapse because better communication means better care. Upon discharge, patients will be connected to our Heart Failure Clinic on campus. Through the clinic, our providers continue outpatient management to prevent readmission to the hospital.
Specialized procedures for advanced heart failure
Heart failure specialists at Medical City Heart Hospital have access to defibrillators to prevent sudden arrhythmia, biventricular pacemakers to resynchronize the electrical system of the heart. Physicians also perform CardioMEMS, a minimally-invasive procedure that allows constant monitoring of lung pressures and fluid levels.
The Multi-disciplinary team is trained in using invasive pumps and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) devices to help recover patients. Through research initiatives, our team has access to leading-edge technology to assist patients.
Heart assist devices
Our ventricular assist device (VAD) program is patient-centered and equipped to handle the medical, social, psychological and financial needs of heart patients. Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than 250 VADs have been implanted.
Through heart failure classification improvement and a higher projected survival rate and quality of life, the program is able to offer patients a new beginning.
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
In advanced heart failure, the left ventricle can become too weak to provide adequate blood flow to organs. The LVAD is a surgically implanted pump which replaces the work of the heart and redirects blood to the body.
Pumps can be used in two ways: bridge or destination. In the bridge pathway, the LVAD is used to stabilize and literally bridge you to a Heart Transplant in the near future. In the destination pathway, the LVAD is used as the sole support as transplantation is deemed not possible.
A preferred strategy is chosen based on the health of the patient. Coordinators from the hospital are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any needs that may arise after discharge.
The LVAD is portable, battery-operated and used for months to years, allowing the freedom to enjoy improved quality of life. Patients are often allowed to return to work, travel, and exercise.