OHSU's Heart Failure Program treats patients with heart failure using the most innovative therapies and compassionate, patient-centered approach. For appointments, call 503-494-1775. Our Heart Transplant Program is temporarily inactive but we will keep the public updated regarding our status.
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.
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)
Ask the heart and vascular experts
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.