More than 5 million adults have heart failure disease in the United States. Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart muscle doesn't pump blood as well as it should. Over time, conditions such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, can make your heart too weak to pump effectively over time.

At Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, we provide the region's most advanced and comprehensive care for heart failure.

Led by world-class experts, we offer personalized care plans tailored for your condition and unique needs, including lifestyle changes, medicines, interventions and surgery, to help patients prolong and improve quality of life.

Heart Failure Treatment Options

  • Guidance to make lifestyle changes
  • Advanced medical therapies
  • Mechanical circulatory support (heart pumps, artificial hearts, etc.)
  • Heart transplant
  • Clinical trials

To speak with a heart specialist, call: 877-999-7484

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Heart Success Program

Working with you and your primary care doctor, our Heart Success Program helps to keep you on the road to recovery by bridging the gap between inpatient and outpatient care.

Our specialty-trained, multi-disciplinary team includes an advanced clinical practitioner, dietitian, pharmacist, social worker and RN – all working under the direction of board-certified heart failure specialists.

Our Heart Success team:

  • Treats complex cases and identifies better ways to manage high-risk patients
  • Ensures that medication regimes and care plans are understood
  • Engages with patients and caretakers to re-enforce physician directions
  • Utilizes virtual technology so advanced care is available to patients who live farther away
  • Builds on education to better understand diagnosis, self-management and ultimately improve quality of life

Leading Heart Transplant Program

Despite advances in the treatment of heart failure, some patients will move to end-stage heart failure and will need a heart transplant. At Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, our multidisciplinary team has the experience and collective knowledge to meet the needs of transplant patients. In fact, we are leading the nation in heart transplant survival rates and have the shortest hospital length of stay in the region.

Carolinas HealthCare System performed its first heart transplant in 1986. Now Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is the regional leader in heart transplantation and we’re one of the busiest heart transplant programs in the region, completing an average of 20 to 25 transplants a year, and a total of more than 500 heart transplants. And, we are the only heart transplant program in Charlotte.

To speak with a transplant specialist, call: 800-821-1535.

Learn more about our transplant evaluation and waiting process.

Mechanical Circulatory Support and Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD):

Heart pumps can help you when you have advanced heart failure and even while you are waiting for a transplant. They can also be used by patients who are not candidates for transplant or do not wish to receive a transplant.

The left ventricular assist device helps your heart pump blood. The device mimics the function of a healthy heart and is partial replacement for your heart function. These devices can be used as a bridge for transplantation (people waiting for transplant) or in lieu of transplant (patients that do not qualify or want transplant).. In 2010, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute was awarded a Disease Specific Certification by The Joint Commission to offer mechanical assist devices to those patients who may not be transplant candidates.

A total artificial heart replaces both ventricles and the four native valves. It can help if you are waiting for a transplant when both ventricles are failing.

In 2014, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute became the first in the Carolinas to implant a total artificial heart. Before this breakthrough, patients waiting for a transplant were left with limited options. The total artificial heart procedure is still relatively uncommon worldwide but provides critical support for patients awaiting transplant and who cannot receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) because they have poor right ventricular function.

For more information, call: 704-355-6649 or 800-562-5752.

Heart Failure Care Locations

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

1001 Blythe Blvd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-373-0212
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100 Medical Park Drive, Suite 210
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-403-6100
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10650 Park Road, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-667-3840
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