Heart Failure and Transplant Program

OHSU's Heart Failure and Transplant Program treats patients with advanced heart failure using the most innovative therapies and compassionate, patient-centered approach. OHSU is the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to receive the prestigious Joint Commission's Advanced Certification in Heart Failure.  For appointments, call 503 494-1775.

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Heart Failure and Transplant Program

Meet our heart failure care team

Dr. Howard Song is Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgery Director for the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at OHSU. He is an expert in heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices and has performed more of these procedures than any surgeon in the region.

Meet our heart failure and transplant team

Treatment options for heart failure

Heart failure occurs most commonly when the heart does not contract with enough force, which means the heart fails to pump as much blood as the body needs to function. When this occurs, the body does not receive adequate oxygen which can cause a back-up in the lungs and veins which will eventually increase the severity of the heart condition.

There are numerous causes of heart failure but our team of experts will work together to find the right treatment for each patient.

Heart failure treatment options include:

When non-surgical treatments aren't enough, a heart transplant may be the only option. OHSU cardiac surgeons are leading experts in their field and have performed hundreds of heart transplants with great success.

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