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Heart & Vascular Institute

Advanced Heart Failure Program

Temple’s Advanced Heart Failure Program is focused on patients with end-stage heart failure who have developed serious symptoms despite medical management. Because advanced heart failure can lead to life-threatening conditions, it’s important for patients to seek care from a center with the knowledge, experience and technology to offer the most sophisticated treatments.

Patients at our center have access to:

  • State-of-the-art diagnosis, monitoring and treatment approaches. These include medical therapy, mechanical devices, and surgical approaches such as heart transplant, ventricular assist devices (VADs) and the CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure (HF) System.
  • Academic and research programs that are the driving force behind many medical advances in the advanced heart failure field. From surgical procedures, new transplantation techniques and stem cell and gene therapies, we’re dedicated to advancing care for patients with heart failure.
  • Focused attention on some of the most challenging cases of advanced heart failure, including end-stage heart failure, with expanded heart transplant list criteria to help even more patients qualify for these life-saving surgeries.
  • Multi-specialty team that continually strives to improve the lives of our patients through clinical innovation. Comprised of advanced heart failure cardiologists, cardiovascular imaging specialists, cardiovascular surgeons, nurses, transplant coordinators, VAD coordinators, exercise physiologists and social workers, this dedicated team provides individualized treatment approaches based on each patient’s unique situation.
Dr. Hamad best regional transplant outcomes
*Data presented in this video is from the January 2020 Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) report.

Temple’s extensive experience in treatment of advanced heart failure includes early diagnosis, monitoring and the latest in breakthrough treatments through our collaboration with our Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and Heart Transplant Program. Treatment options include:

Tests for Heart Failure

Because advanced heart failure can result from a number of different conditions — including diabetes, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure — understanding the underlying cause is the first step in successful treatment.

Temple’s Advanced Heart Failure Program team follows the latest guidelines and uses the most up-to-date diagnostic technology. This includes:

Supportive Care After Diagnosis

At Temple, you can expect a focus on:

  • Relieving your heart failure symptoms
  • Slowing the progression of the condition
  • Reducing the need for a hospital stay
  • Improving your quality of life

As part of the Advanced Heart Failure Program, we offer supportive care to help you adjust to your treatment and any challenges you may face as a result of your condition. Our team includes social workers, psychologists, exercise therapists and others who will help you:

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Page medically reviewed by:
Eman A. Hamad, MD
October 15, 2021