Part of UofL Health – Jewish Hospital and UofL Health – Trager Transplant Center, our team in the Advanced Heart Failure Therapies clinic diagnoses heart failure (HF) and determines the best treatment path for each patient based on their individual case. Our clinic has experts in many different areas, including physicians, coordinators, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers, who come together to help make the process as effective and simple as possible.
We specialize in helping patients with advanced heart failure that are not responsive to standard medical treatment options. Offering a comprehensive treatment approach, which includes medication, device implants such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) or heart transplantation and advanced technology, we are leaders in transplant care and research. With appropriate care and treatments, the progression of heart failure can be stabilized, slowed or even reversed.
Conditions & Treatments
- Cardiac Rehab – medically supervised exercise at our UofL Health – Healthy Lifestyles Centers that is designed to improve stamina, activity tolerance and overall physical fitness.
- Lifestyle Modifications
- Smoking/alcohol cessation
- Losing or maintaining weight
- Fluid restriction
- Developing a heart healthy diet
- Physical activity
- Monitoring blood pressure
- Surgical Procedures
- Ventricular assist device (VAD)
- Heart transplantation
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – device placed in the chest or abdomen to help treat irregular heartbeats
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) – device that resynchronizes contractions of heart using small electrical impulses
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) – using a catheter to place a stent to open up blood vessels in the heart
- Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) – surgery that improves blood flow to heart by directing blood around narrowed or clogged arteries
- Valve replacement – Replacing damaged heart valve with an artificial valve
- Beta blockers
- ACE inhibitors
- Aldosterone antagonists
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a blood pump for those with advanced heart failure that helps the heart send blood to the rest of the body. Surgery is required to implant the VAD, which can be placed inside or outside the body.
UofL Health – Advanced Heart Failure Therapies uses VADs as:
- A bridge for patients while they wait for their heart transplant
- Permanent support for those who are not candidates for a heart transplant
- Temporary support to see if the heart will recover or heal itself before a transplant is considered
If you are a patient and would like to self-refer yourself to our program, please submit our online form and our team will contact you within two business days.
If you are a physician who would like to refer a patient, complete and fax the advanced heart failure referral form to 502-587-4384.
Learn more about heart failure from our partners at the American Heart Association.