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Treating Heart Failure

When you’re treated for heart failure at Providence, your cardiac care team provides expert treatment to improve your health, lower your risk of future complications and get you feeling better. We work with you to create a personalized care plan that includes everything from diagnosis and monitoring to the post-care support you need to feel your best. The result is compassionate, whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit.

Why Choose Us for Heart Failure Care?

At Providence, we see the life in you. We are committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch.

Our patients are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we’re always looking for ways to make your experience better. If your treatment requires innovative procedures, we’ve got you covered. When end-stage heart failure sent Greg Soumokil to the Intensive Care Unit, his Providence care team knew he didn’t have time to wait for a donor heart transplant. So they opted for the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t), a technology so innovative that fewer than 20 patients nationwide have one. The artificial heart allowed Mr. Soumokil to return home to his family while he waited for a heart transplant.

Our improved referral process makes it easier for patients to stay with Providence, the network they trust. We’ve also introduced a program to help patients get faster care through virtual visits with a nurse practitioner. This patient-centered approach is why patients have trusted Providence with their heart failure care for many years.

We take a team-based approach to treating your heart failure. Why? Because we know this leads to the best results. Every Providence patient has access to world-class care from leaders in the field. Your multidisciplinary care team includes board-certified heart care specialists who have superior outcomes treating the most complex conditions. Your heart care team also works closely with dietitians to help you make heart-healthy food choices, physical therapists to help you keep living life to its fullest, genetic specialists to help determine the cause of your condition and nurse navigators to coordinate your care with your primary care physician. Your care may include treatment at one of Providence’s many dedicated heart failure clinics.

We understand that the impact of heart disease is greater in marginalized communities. Genetics plays a part, but unequal access to great health care is also a factor. At Providence, we value, respect and support the racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual and spiritual identities of all our patients. We are deeply committed to making sure everyone in our diverse communities has equal access to the best heart care. To do this, we offer location-specific services that help meet our patients’ needs. This includes translation for non-English-speaking patients, telehealth and transportation assistance. And we never turn a patient away, regardless of their ability to pay. Instead, we work harder to make sure every patient is treated equally and with dignity – whoever you are, and wherever you’re at.

As a patient at Providence, you belong to one of the largest community-based networks for heart care in the United States. This means your local heart care team shares knowledge and experience with other cardiac specialists across 51 hospitals in seven states. If specialty care is needed, your heart care team can easily reach the physicians with the most expertise. Take the story of heart disease patient Josefa Rivera. When the young mother went into heart failure, she was transferred mid-surgery to a Providence hospital for a higher level of care. Her treatment at Providence meant she was able to return home to her toddler a few weeks later. The power of our network is one of the reasons 40,000 heart failure patients, and more than 400,000 heart patients, choose Providence each year.

Providence is well known for offering options – and hope – to patients seeking the most advanced therapies to treat heart failure. We participate in national and international data registries that track cardiovascular outcomes. This helps us learn more to continually improve our care for you. Our doctors and scientists also support groundbreaking research projects, such as a clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of a device to treat heart failure. Our leadership helps us provide better heart care – and a better life – for you and your loved ones.

More About Heart Failure

Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart doesn’t pump blood to the rest of the body as well as it should. The heart tries to compensate by pumping more quickly or enlarging, but it can’t keep up. Eventually the heart weakens, possibly damaging other organs as a result. Oftentimes, fluid then builds up behind the heart, leading to fluid in the lungs and/or other parts of the body. There are four degrees of heart failure, and it may get worse over time. The expert cardiac teams at Providence use the most effective therapies to treat patients with every type of heart failure, including advanced heart failure.

Testing and Diagnostics

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Your heart care team uses many different methods to find out which therapies work best for you. They look at your symptoms, other medical conditions and overall health. They also use the most advanced diagnostics to evaluate your condition. Depending on your case, this may include one or more of the following:

Personalized Treatment for Heart Failure

We know that no two patients are the same. This is why your care team works with you to design an individualized treatment plan based specifically on your heart condition and your personal needs. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes to support your recovery and long-term heart health.

Your care plan may include one or more of the following therapies:

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