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The Region's Most Experienced Heart Failure Center: Improving Quality of Life for Patients with Heart Failure


And experience translates to better outcomes – a better quality of life.

 

Penn Medicine's Heart and Vascular program offers a variety of approaches for heart failure that are not commonly available at other medical centers. With one of the largest and most specialized heart failure programs in the country, Penn regularly treats patients that other centers have not been able to treat.

 

Patients with Heart Failure Benefit From:

  • Care from a national leader and survival rates that exceed the national averages
  • Partnerships with your local physicians - the expertise of Penn with the convenience of doctors close to home
  • The latest ventricular assist devices (VADs) not available in other local hospitals, so patients receive a device that best meets their needs
  • The latest heart failure research - new treatments as soon as they are discovered

 

Penn's Heart Failure Program is celebrating 25 years as a national leader in heart transplantation. Over 1,000 heart transplants have been performed at Penn.

 

Find out what is best for you. Ask about Penn's Heart Failure and Transplantation Program and the full range of therapies available for heart failure care.

Expert Heart Failure Physicians Translates to Exceptional Care

 

Patients with heart failure and their families can have confidence in the Penn Heart Failure team – a team that has earned national and international recognition for expertise in treating even the most complex and high risk patients. As the largest heart failure program in the region, Penn's expertise is unmatched. Penn's expertise is unmatched in the Philadelphia region.

 

Lee Goldberg, MD, provides an overview of the Penn Medicine Heart Failure & Transplantation Program and explains what sets it apart from other programs.

 

Less Time Spent in the Hospital, More Time Living a Healthier Life

Penn offers innovative heart failure care including:

  • Advanced congestive heart failure treatments
  • Specialized heart failure treatment options that patients may not know are available and are often not at other hospitals
  • Expertise in procedures needed to correct previously unsuccessful heart surgery or medical therapies for congestive heart failure
  • Relief from heart failure symptoms that impact quality of life: fatigue, shortness of breath, sleeplessness

 

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

The goal 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, and for qualifying patients, transplantation

 

Heart Failure treatment options include:

  • Medications
  • Pacing devices
  • Implantable defibrillatorsg
  • 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)
  • Heart transplantation

 

Find out what is best for you. Ask about Penn's Heart Failure and Transplantation Program and the full range of therapies available for heart failure care.

Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices: Improving Quality of Life for Patients with Advanced Heart Failure

 

When irreversible heart disease can no longer be managed with any other type of medical or surgical method, ventricular assist devices (VADs) or heart transplantation offer a second chance at life.

 

Experienced Surgeons: Better Outcomes

For the past five years, Penn surgeons have performed more heart transplants than all other regional heart transplant centers combined. For patients, experience translates to better outcomes and an improved quality of life.

 

Heart Transplants Performed at Regional Hospitals 2012*

Heart Transplants Performed at Regional Hospitals 2012

Penn performs more heart transplants than any other hospital in the region with survival rates that exceed the national averages.

 

Most Comprehensive VAD Options in the Region: Options to Meet Each Patient's Needs

With more options, patients receive a device that meets each individual needs. VADs help many patients return to enjoying many activities they were unable to participate in prior to implantation of the device. VAD's are used to:

 

  • Prolong a patient's life while waiting for a heart transplant, or improve quality of life for end stage heart failure patients who do not qualify for a heart transplant
  • Provide support for the heart while it has time to heal. The device is then removed once mechanical support is no longer necessary

 

A Heart Failure Team that Creates Second Chances

Read Ali's Story

Ali's Story

Read how Ali got the comfort he needed at Penn Medicine.

In addition to having the leading technical expertise, Penn creates a supportive environment. Patients can count on the Penn team to guide them through the entire process – from decision-making and education through lifelong follow-up care. Read how one patient got the comfort he needed and returned to enjoying his life and family.

 

Find out what is best for you. Ask about Penn's Heart Failure and Transplantation Program and the full range of therapies available for heart failure care.

 

 
The right conversation with your health care provider will assist in determining the right treatment for you. Download this list of questions to ask your physician, or request to speak to a Penn specialist today.
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