If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure, it’s important to know that heart failure treatment has dramatically advanced over the last 20 years. Our cardiologists and heart surgeons provide the full range of treatment options, including the newest breakthroughs in drug therapies and surgical procedures.
The personalized heart failure treatment we’ll recommend for you depends on the type of heart failure you’re experiencing and how far it has progressed. Specialists at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center are highly skilled in treating all types and stages of the condition. In fact, most of our patients come to us by referral from other cardiologists who feel confident we can handle even the most complicated cases.
Managing Heart Failure Symptoms
Our teams of specialized cardiologists, heart surgeons and nurses are leaders in caring for patients with heart failure. Every year we diagnose and treat 1,000 new patients and help over 7,000 others manage heart failure symptoms. That high volume means we have an expertise unparalleled in the St. Louis region.
Our specialists create personalized treatment plans to relieve your symptoms and keep your heart from further weakening. At first, we may recommend ways to manage heart failure by:
- Making lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity
- Receiving close medical monitoring
- Addressing underlying conditions that contribute to heart failure, such as high blood pressure
- Taking prescribed medications as directed
Heart Failure Surgery
If your heart failure is severe or becomes worse over time, lifestyle changes and medications may not be enough. Our experienced team can perform the most involved surgical procedures for heart failure. We are the only hospital in Missouri offering LVAD procedures and heart transplants.
Our surgical options for advanced heart failure include:
- Mechanical devices to regulate heart rhythm: These may include devices such as a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator.
- Left ventricular assist devices: Some people benefit from medical devices that help the heart pump blood. Most often, these are left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).
- Heart transplant: In very advanced cases, physicians may consider a patient to be a candidate for a heart transplant. This life-saving operation replaces a person’s diseased heart with a healthy heart from a donor.
Advanced Treatments for Heart Failure
Through the Washington University School of Medicine, our cardiologists are involved with a number of clinical trials. We work at the forefront of heart failure medicine, which means our doctors can provide you access to the most successful therapies, including those not yet widely available. Learn more about clinical trials.
To make an appointment with a Washington University heart failure specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 855.925.0631.