Center for Heart Failure

What is heart failure? 

More than five million Americans are living with heart failure—the inability of the heart to provide adequate blood supply and oxygen to the body. The goal of the highly skilled team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at the Center for Heart Failure is to provide progressive strategies to diagnose, treat and stabilize your heart failure, while improving your overall quality of life.

The clinical team at the Center for Heart Failure works with referring physicians to give patients with heart failure the best outcomes possible—even those patients with unique cases. 

Symptoms of heart failure can be difficult to identify but common symptoms include difficulty breathing, fatigue and—in more severe cases—congestion in the lungs and swelling of the legs and feet.

There is a greater risk of developing heart failure for individuals with a history of:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Heart valve disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Lung disease

Heart failure is a debilitating disease requiring comprehensive management, including carefully chosen medications, prudent surgical intervention and appropriate cardiac rehabilitation. If left unchecked, heart failure can lead to the failure of other vital organs. 

Meet the Teams

Our goal at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is to achieve superior results for all of our patients and to help them return to normal activities while improving their overall quality of life.

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