Comprehensive Care at Every Stage of Heart Failure

Penn's Heart Failure Program is an innovative approach to treating heart failure designed to provide a seamless continuum of care from early-prevention strategies to end-stage options.

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A full continuum of care for every aspect of heart failure treatment

  • As the largest heart failure program in the Philadelphia region, Penn offers a full spectrum of medical, interventional, and surgical treatment options – many of which are not available at other regional hospitals.
  • A multispecialty team including some of the nation's finest cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, as well as specialists in cardiac imaging, pulmonary medicine, diabetes and rehabilitation medicine. Their experience spans the breadth and depth of heart failure care.
  • The Heart Failure Program is closely integrated with the Mechanical-Assist Device Program and Heart Transplantation Program to offer a complete continuum of care as patients disease evolves.
  • Penn has a dedicated team of certified heart failure nurses* who have specialized knowledge and training in heart failure care. This specialization in care leads to improved quality of life and a better life expectancy for heart failure patients.

* The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) is a specialty organization dedicated to advancing nursing education, clinical practice and research, to improve heart failure patient outcomes.

Experienced patients can rely on

Patients can expect a great experience because: 

  • Penn's Heart Failure Program is one of the most active in the United States and currently cares for more than 8,000 patients.
  • Penn has received the Get With The Guidelines®— Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
  • An exceptional team of clinicians from multiple disciplines successfully treat patients with co-existing conditions, including those commonly associated with heart failure like diabetes and hypertension.

Physicians with credentials that translate to the best in quality care

Penn physicians are able to provide quality care because: 

  • Penn's heart failure specialists are board certified in cardiovascular medicine and many are fellowship trained.
  • Transplant team members provide consultation and training for other medical professionals around the world.
  • They are regularly acknowledged for their talent by both peers and consumers and have been recognized by Best Doctors in AmericaPhiladelphia magazine's "Top Docs" and America's Top Doctors.
  • Penn's heart failure specialists are among a select group of physicians certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the new Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology specialty. Only 225 doctors are certified in this specialty worldwide.

Treatments Ranging from Early-Prevention Strategies to End-Stage Options

The bottom line objective for every patient in Penn's heart failure program is to improve both quality of life and longevity with an emphasis on:

  • Early identification and control of risk factors.
  • Advanced interventions for mid-stage heart failure.
  • New hope for end-stage heart failure with the latest options in drug therapy, medical management, mechanical circulatory support (through the Mechanical-Assist Device Program), and for qualifying patients, transplantation (through the Heart Transplantation Program).

Treatment options include:

  • Drug therapy
  • Pacing devices
  • Implantable defibrillators
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Left ventricular reduction and cardiac remodeling
  • Mechanical circulatory support devices such as heart jackets, ventricular-assist devices and total artificial hearts (through the Mechanical-Assist Device Program)
  • Heart transplantation (through the heart transplantation program)

In This Section

Treatment Teams

Heart failure experts at Penn Medicine are national leaders in research and treatments of the disease.

Clinical Trials

Research and clinical trials are a cornerstone of the Penn Heart Failure Program. View our current clinical trials and research.

Patient Stories

Watch and read inspirational stories about patients with heart failure who were treated at Penn Medicine.

Quality and Outcomes

Penn follows thousands of heart failure patients, including patients at every stage of heart failure. View our latest treatment options and outcomes information.

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