Medical Mondays: Advanced Heart Failure

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Heart failure happens when your heart doesn’t work as well as it should, and can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. While it sounds scary, and certainly can be, heart failure doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Millions of people live with heart failure in the United States, and there are many options for treatment. Here, you’ll learn about:

  • Heart failure basics, including its causes, symptoms, and risk factors
  • The difference between right and left heart failure
  • Heart failure treatment options
  • How healthy lifestyle changes can help you manage heart failure
  • Ventricular assist devices, or VADs, and what to expect from VAD surgery

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    Infographic: What You Need to Know About Heart Failure

    More than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with heart failure, making it the most common reason older adults go to the hospital. Read more to discover the types, causes, symptoms of the common chronic heart condition. Read More
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    Different Types of Heart Failure: Left and Right Sided Symptoms

    Not all heart failure is the same. When your heart weakens and isn’t able to keep the blood flowing through your body, this is called heart failure, which can happen on either the left or right side. Read more to discover the difference between right-sided and left-sided heart failure. Read More
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    Discover the Best Heart Failure Treatment for You

    Heart failure is a chronic condition that can lead to symptoms like swelling, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Approaches to treatment vary by cause, type, and severity of the condition, but usually it focuses on three main goals: recovery, repair, or replacement. Read more to discover the treatment options for heart failure. Read More
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    Managing Heart Failure with Healthy Lifestyle

    Heart failure is a chronic condition, which happens when your heart fails to pump enough blood through your body. Read more to discover the lifestyle modifications, like following a nutritious diet, that can help your heart work properly and avoid complications in the future. Read More
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    What Is a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)?

    Depending on the severity of your heart failure, treatment options may vary greatly. One such option is a ventricular assist device (VAD). This device works by pulling blood out of your heart and pumping it through your body, which explains why it is also called an “artificial heart.” Read more to discover if a VAD is the right option for your heart failure treatment. Read More

Heart and Vascular Institute

As a recognized leader in cardiovascular care — with a rich history in clinical research and innovation — the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute offers a full spectrum of personalized cardiovascular services. As one of the first heart transplant centers in the United States, UPMC has made significant contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular medicine. Read More