OHSU's Heart Failure team treats patients with heart failure using the most innovative therapies and compassionate, patient-centered approach. Our Heart Transplant Program has performed more than 700 transplants and is the only one in Oregon approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Meet our heart failure care 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:
- Augmented medical therapy
- Continuous inotropic therapy
- Heart transplantation
- Ventricular assist devices
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
OHSU and the American Heart Association are working together to provide heart failure resources for Oregon and SW Washington. Although it can be difficult living with a chronic condition like heart failure, people can continue to enjoy full lives as they address their symptoms. Our campaign aims to provide helpful resources – such as self-monitoring tools, ways to recognize the signs, tips on lifestyle changes, and questions to ask providers – all in an effort to help people manage the condition. Find out more at heart.org/oregonheartfailure.
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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 and Transplant program discuss when ventricular assist devices are necessary.