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Learn More About Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute’s Approach to Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant.

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Call us at: 877-999-7484

Heart failure is considered advanced when conventional therapies and treatments are no longer effective.

With three physicians board certified in advanced heart failure and heart transplant, and a specially trained staff, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is a regional leader in the care of advanced heart failure. We utilize medical management and lifestyle interventions for those patients in the early stages of the disease process. Our team also offers the most advanced surgical interventions, including transplant, when appropriate.

What to Know About Advanced Heart Failure

Of the 5.7 million Americans living with heart failure, about 10 percent have advanced heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. Heart failure is a chronic condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body. As a result, cells don’t receive sufficient nutrients and oxygen. This can manifest as a variety of symptoms:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • A racing or throbbing heartbeat (heart palpitations)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the legs, feet, and ankles (edema)
  • Rapid weight gain (from fluid retention)
  • Reduced appetite, nausea
  • Persistent cough
  • Altered thinking/confusion

Symptoms may appear gradually and increase in intensity, or they may appear suddenly after the heart muscle has been damaged. If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms, call 877-999-7484 to make an appointment.

Heart failure management depends on the severity of the condition. Early in the course of the disease, heart failure may be managed with medication and lifestyle changes. For more significant cases, however, surgical intervention, like a heart transplant, may be necessary.

Do I Need a Heart Transplant?

If you have been diagnosed with advanced heart failure, your doctor may recommend a heart transplant. In general, heart transplants are most often required when one or both ventricles aren’t functioning properly, leading to severe heart failure.

Learn more about the transplant program at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.