Improving and saving lives with the most advanced heart failure treatments in central Ohio
Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center has the most extensive heart failure/congestive heart failure treatment program in central Ohio, treating more than 2,000 heart failure patients each year. At Ohio State, your care is managed by a multidisciplinary team of heart failure specialists and nurse practitioners who work in collaboration with nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and heart surgeons to provide both routine care and advanced treatment options not found elsewhere in central Ohio.
Our approach to treatment is to start with the simplest, least invasive steps, such as medication, lifestyle changes and sleep apnea evaluation. If symptoms persist, we move up to more invasive procedures only as you need it.
For those requiring advanced treatment, we are the only program in the region performing implantation of artificial heart pumps, ventricular assist devices (VADs) and heart transplantation.
We completed our first heart transplant in 1986. With more than 400 heart transplants since then, our program remains central Ohio’s only adult heart transplant program.
In addition, Ohio State was the fourth institution in the country certified to implant the temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart, which serves as a bridge to transplant for the most critically ill patients.
Patients at Ohio State are often the first to benefit from heart and vascular research done right here. If you have already been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and are looking for a second opinion, our heart experts may be able to help. Ohio State is home to a team leading the research and clinical trials to improve treatment of heart failure that may not be available elsewhere.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body’s other organs. Heart failure affects approximately five million adults in the United States.
The most common symptoms are shortness of breath, weight gain, swelling of the lower extremities and fatigue. Many conditions that cause heart failure result in irreversible damage and, in some cases, may necessitate a heart transplant or mechanical cardiac support.
Congestive heart failure is usually a sign of an underlying heart problem. In addition to affecting the heart’s pumping efficiency, it interferes with normal kidney function. When the kidneys cannot properly eliminate sodium and waste from the body, the body retains excess fluid.
The severity of the condition and the symptoms you experience depend on how much of the heart’s pumping capacity has been lost.
What is Heart Failure?
Ayesha Hasan, MD, a heart failure specialist at Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center, explains what heart failure is and the common symptoms and treatments for heart failure.
Treating the Sleep Apnea and Heart Failure Connection
Making connections with sleep apnea is aiding the treatment of patients with heart failure.
Ohio State Advances Heart Failure Care
Ohio State led the national study of a new heart failure monitoring device, and was the first in the nation to use the device in patients after it received FDA approval.
Cardiac Care at Ohio State with Dr. Sitaramesh Emani
Patients receiving cardiac care at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center have access to a large team of specialists, which can be particularly helpful in diagnosing and treating difficult or unique cases, says Sitaramesh Emani, MD.