The OHSU Heart Failure Program offers all types of treatment to help you feel as well as possible.
When you come to OHSU, you are not just seeing a doctor – you are joining a team. You will have one main doctor, but other doctors and specialists make up a much bigger team, and you are the captain.
As the only academic medical center in Oregon, OHSU offers you care from specialists who conduct the latest research and teach others what they know. You benefit from their knowledge as well as the care we provide. OHSU brings all types of specialists together in one place to meet your needs.
The first step to treatment
Diagnosis – learning if you do have heart failure – is the first step to treatment. There are many reasons for difficulty breathing, chest pain and swelling of your arms and legs. At OHSU, we use the latest technology to learn if you have heart failure. If so, we can plan the best treatment.
Medication and lifestyle changes
You may be able to treat your heart failure with medication. This can help your heart muscle work better and you feel better. You may need more than one medication, and regular checkups with your team are important. We will work with you to create an individual treatment program, so you can be as healthy as possible.
Pacemaker, defibrillators and resynchronization treatments
A small device may be part of your heart failure treatment. You have an operation to put it in place and regular checkups to make sure everything works correctly. Devices include pacemakers, defibrillators and other devices to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.
Heart rhythm treatment
A heart rhythm problem, such as atrial fibrillation, or AFib, can cause problems when you have heart failure. You may need a treatment to get your heart back in a normal rhythm again. We offer the most advanced heart rhythm treatments at OHSU.
Blood vessel treatment
The large blood vessels called “arteries” can become blocked over time. Your team may need to look at these blood vessels with an X-ray examination called an angiogram. They may also need to remove material that is blocking your arteries, using a small instrument to remove the block. You may have a small tube or other device put in to hold the blood vessel open.
You may need surgery to open a blocked artery or treat other heart problems. AT OHSU, we have done these operations for many years and have the latest equipment.
Rehabilitation, or “rehab,” helps your heart recover from treatment. It may also help if you are treating heart failure with medication. The goal is to become as active and healthy as possible.
Advanced valve clinics
Your heart has small openings called valves that open and close. This lets blood flow through when it should. But these valves sometimes develop problems. We have the latest treatments for valve disease.
Mechanical circulatory support pumps
When the heart muscle is getting weaker, your doctor may recommend putting a small pump inside your chest. It takes over the pumping function of the heart, and can help you do more and live longer. The team at OHSU has put in more than [number] heart pumps in the last 10 years.
Doctors at OHSU have been doing heart transplants since 1985. They have done more than 700 transplant operations. Find out more about heart transplants at OHSU here.
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