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Heart Failure

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 worsening.

Advanced Heart Failure

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 AdvancedHeart 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 heart failure.

For more information on the Center for Advanced Heart Failure or to schedule an appointment, fill out the contact us form or call (713) 704-4300.