Advanced Heart Disease - Failure is Not an Option
Advanced Heart Disease: Failure is not an option
Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump or fill with adequate blood, forcing the heart to work harder to deliver blood to the body. Also called congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, fluid on the lungs or ventricular dysfunction. Read more
The Advanced Heart Disease and Mechanical Circulatory Support team provides patient care primarily at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson. These physicians specialize in caring for patients with heart failure, particularly people who experience persistent symptoms despite medical therapy. They also have expertise treating advanced heart disease patients with pulmonary hypertension, liver and kidney complications. Read more
The focus of care in advanced heart failure is improving survival, but also quality of life. Medication is the first line of treatment, but when this fails, patients are often considered for heart transplant, the gold standard for treating end-stage heart failure. However, barriers, such as the shortage of donor organs, require heart-failure specialists to seek creative solutions. That’s where mechanical circulatory support technology can help many patients not just live longer, but live better. Read more
Powerful Artificial Hearts
Dominic Alexander, senior clinical engineer in Banner - University Medical Center Tucson's Artificial Heart Department, delivers a TEDx talk on the power of the total artificial heart. Watch video
Learn about heart failure, risk factors, diagnostics and managing this condition. Read more
For more information about heart failure, visit the Heart Failure Society's patient education modules.
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