Heart Failure and Transplant
With heart failure, the heart is unable to pump the right amount of blood throughout the body. This causes blood to back up in the veins and can lead to a build up of excess fluid in the lungs, feet and elsewhere.
While heart failure symptoms can worsen with time, they are often relieved or slowed with treatment. Find out more about heart failure.
Doctors and Nurses Who Know About Heart Failure
At UVA, we have specially trained cardiac doctors and nurses who work with you and your families to treat and monitor your condition and recommend treatment — everything from lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to medications, heart implants, heart transplants and alternatives to heart surgery, like the LVAD implantable device.
We’ll even develop a personalized, effective care plan that takes into account any other conditions you may have, like diabetes or kidney disease.
Special Heart Services
You'll get a complete range of care for your heart failure prognosis. Our specialized services include:
• A nurse practitioner-led clinic where nurses provide close, individualized care to patients, taking the time to adjust and teach about medications, provide dietary instructions and answer your questions.
• The Heart Health at Home program for patients recently discharged from the hospital. This pioneering program provides close follow-up care following discharge in an effort to prevent patients from being readmitted to the hospital. Experienced cardiac home assistants visit patients every day during the first five days after leaving the hospital, and return two or three days a week for the remainder of the first month. The in-home heart specialists then return on an as-needed basis.
Call 434.243.9320 for more information.
Convenient Care at UVA and at Home
If traveling to UVA gets inconvenient for you, we can work with providers in your area to schedule routine care like lab work, sleep studies and echocardiograms closer to your home, limiting the number of visits you'll need to make to UVA.
If you have a device implant, we’ll also work with UVA’s device team to see that your appointments with our team and the device team are scheduled on one day.
And if you do need to be admitted to the hospital, we have a special in-patient unit staffed with nurses who’ve had additional education in heart failure treatment.