Advanced Heart Disease

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. Meet our Advanced Heart Disease Team and learn more about prevention and treatment options. Please click on a title below to learn more about these topics.

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.

From Stage A through D, don't pass Stage A!

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.

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.

View videos of patients who are part of the UA Sarver Heart Center and Banner University Medical Center - Tucson Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplant Programs.

General Information

Pulmonary hypertension is blood flow that goes into the lungs from the right side of the heart. In contrast to arterial blood pressure, it's a very low pressure system that's much more difficult to measure. The focus of the pulmonary hypertension clinic is accurate diagnosis – deciding where the problem is, whether it's the blood vessels in the lungs, the heart, another lung disease, such as COPD, asthmas or another lung disease. Then, deciding what the best therapy would be at that time.

Heart failure disproportionately affects racial/ethnic minorities and women. Recognizing racial/ethnic and sex differences is the first step to overcome these disparities. Dr. Khadijah Breathett encourages a concerted effort by patients, providers, and the health system to ensure equitable health care to all. So let’s bridge this gap together!

A small, implantable pressure sensor is giving an Arizona woman control and confidence to manage her heart condition.