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General Heart Failure Program

Heart Failure Program

Our highly skilled cardiologists expertly treat and diagnose heart failure—a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle can’t pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

In addition to caring for cardiac patients at Yale New Haven Hospital, we provide treatment to the rapidly growing number of outpatients living with heart failure in the community. We treat each patient with a personalized plan, carefully monitoring medications on an ongoing basis while minding other issues that affect cardiac health. We also educate patients and their families about lifestyle changes, prescribe and oversee exercise rehabilitation programs, and facilitate communication between the many professionals involved in outpatient care.

Our Approach

Our physicians work as part of a multidisciplinary team to offer patients comprehensive care with the goal of prolonging their life and improving its quality. Treatment options may include medications, short- or long-term mechanical support, or heart transplant. Before treatment begins, we perform cardiac diagnostic procedures, such as stress tests, catheterization, and biopsies. We collaborate with cardiac-trained radiologists to provide noninvasive imaging studies including positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and 2D and 3D electrocardiography.

Our Services

At the Center for Advanced Heart Failure at Yale New Haven Hospital, we treat the full continuum of heart failure and offer a variety of medical and surgical treatment options. The center cares for patients with an LVAD (left ventricular assist device), a battery-operated mechanical pump that is surgically implanted and helps maintain the heart’s pumping ability when it can’t work effectively on its own. This is the only long-term mechanical circulatory support for patients otherwise ineligible for heart transplant.

Our surgeons regularly perform heart transplants and LVAD implantations, and our heart transplant survival and post-LVAD rates are among the best in the region.