Heart Failure & 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. For appointments, call 503 494-1775.

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Heart Failure and Transplant Program


Meet our heart failure care team

Howard Song - Surgey Director, Heart Failure & Transplant Program at OHSUDr. 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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What are the signs of heart failure?

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Patient story - Wesley

Wesley was diagnosed with heart failure at age 29. Watch how OHSU’s multidisciplinary heart team is helping Wesley stay healthy and active while he waits for his heart transplant.

What is a ventricular assist device (VAD)?

The directors of OHSU's Heart Failure & Transplant program discuss when ventricular assist devices are necessary.