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Heart Failure Overview

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Thank you for choosing UAB Medicine for the treatment of  heart failure for you or a loved one. The physicians, nurses, and medical staff at UAB understand that the words “heart failure” can be very scary when you hear them for the first time. While there is no cure for heart failure, there is help. There are many ways to manage heart failure symptoms and prevent it from getting worse. By working with the heart failure experts at UAB Medicine, you can get better.

The UAB Advanced Heart Failure Program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of advanced heart failure cardiologists led by  Drs. Jose Tallaj and Salpy Pamboukian.

The cardiologists at the UAB Advanced Heart Failure Program are supported by a team of Magnet-certified nurses as well as other medical and surgical expert physicians. Together, they use state-of-the-art treatments to provide you improved survival and quality of life.

What is Heart Failure?
Heart Failure occurs when the heart loses the ability to efficiently pump blood throughout the body.

Heart failure can affect the left or right side and in some cases, both sides, of the heart.

There are many causes of heart failure including  heart attack coronary artery disease , and heart valve problems, among others. Other factors contributing to heart failure include   high blood pressure or cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and stress.

Heart failure can develop slowly over time or as the result of a sudden event like a heart attack.

Treatment for heart failure can involve both medical and surgical options. Changes to diet and exercise as well as prescriptions can play an important role in managing your heart failure. Physicians at UAB work directly with each heart failure patient to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Another option for patients is the  UAB Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program , which provides a structured exercise regimen for patients with heart problems.

Surgical options include a mechanical circulatory support device/ventricular assist device, also known as a  MCSD/VAD as well as  heart transplantation and  heart and lung transplantation  .

Get Help
If you experience any symptoms of heart failure, talk to your physician about your symptoms and ask if a referral to the UAB Advanced Heart Failure Program may be right for you. Referrals may be made by calling MIST at 1.800.UAB.MIST (1.800.822.6478)

For more information, contact UAB Healthfinder by calling 1.800.UAB.8816 (1.800.822.8816) or by filling out our   Make an Appointment form »