Heart failure is a serious, life-threatening condition that
develops gradually over time as the heart’s pumping action grows weaker.
Eventually, the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart
failure can involve the right side of the heart only, or it can affect both
sides of the heart.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help people who have heart
failure live longer, more productive lives. Treatment for early stages of heart
failure revolves around lifestyle changes that include a heart-healthy diet,
control of fluid intake, weight loss, smoking cessation and exercise. Your
doctor will prescribe medications based on the type of heart failure you have
and its severity, and will watch closely for signs that heart failure is
Of the 5.7 million Americans living with heart failure,
about 10 percent have advanced heart
failure. When heart failure progresses to an advanced stage – stage D
according to the American Heart Association and American College of
Cardiology’s A-to-D staging system – treatment becomes more complex.
A collaboration between Memorial Hermann and UTHealth
Medical School, the Center for Advanced Heart Failure at the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute brings
together affiliated, board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians who
coordinate the best possible treatment plans for individual patients. They are
experts at using revolutionary technology for successful treatment of advanced
For more information on the Center for Advanced Heart
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