Heart Failure Center

[View two videos: one describing the Heart Failure Center and another on how patients benefit from the LVAD.] 

To make an appointment call 646-501-0119

Over 5 million Americans suffer from Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is not able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for oxygen. The most common symptoms of CHF include shortness of breath, especially during exertion, swelling of the legs, and fatigue. Over the past 20 years numerous major advances have been made to substantially improve the quality of life as well as longevity of patients with CHF.

The cardiologists and surgeons at NYU-Langone Medical Center have kept abreast of all the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of CHF and annually perform over 10,000 echocardiograms (the principal tool in diagnosing abnormalities of the heart underlying CHF), over 1000 pacemaker or defibrillator implantations (a life saving intervention in CHF), and almost 2000 open heart surgeries (including promising new procedures to reshape the hearts of patients with CHF).

At the Heart Failure Center, specially trained heart failure nurses and physicians will work with the patient, the patient’s family, and the patient’s other physicians to gain thorough knowledge of each patient’s medical history and personal goals and to safely monitor the recommended medicines and lifestyle modifications (nutrition and exercise) on an individual basis. Physicians at the Heart Failure Center will also determine whether other available treatments such as implantable defibrillators, specialized pacemakers (cardiac resynchronization devices), left ventricular assist devices (mechanical heart pumps), corrective heart surgeries, or cardiac transplantation may be of benefit to the patient.

Patients who fail standard medical and device therapy will have access to investigational treatments through the Heart Failure Research Program. Our physicians are leading investigators in heart failure and, in consultation with the patient and referring physician, can determine whether patients may be eligible to participate in clinical studies of investigational medical and/or surgical therapies.

To make an appointment call 646-501-0119

Patients are seen in our new Faculty Practice Suite on Skirball-9N (take the Silverstein elevators to the 9th floor).