Improving and saving lives with the most advanced heart failure treatments in central Ohio

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 about 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.

Ohio State has a team of dedicated heart failure experts who focus on managing heart failure through all stages, including the most advanced forms that may require advanced therapies such as mechanical assist or heart transplant. At Ohio State, you can keep your care local in Columbus throughout the entire spectrum of treating your condition.


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.

Why Choose Ohio State for Heart Failure Care

Heart failure specialist, Ayesha Hasan, MD, explains our care and approach

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

Patients receiving care at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have access to a large team of specialists, which can be helpful in diagnosing and treating difficult or unique cases.

Treating Congestive Heart Failure

Methods of Treating Heart Failure

Treatment of congestive heart failure depends on the cause of the disease. Your doctor will decide which are right for you.

Heart Failure Causes & Diagnoses

Resources for Patients

This series of videos provides education and helpful information for people diagnosed with congestive heart failure. 

Why Choose Ohio State for Heart Failure Care

Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center has the most extensive 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.

At Ohio State, you can keep your care local in Columbus throughout the entire spectrum of treating your condition. You don't have to travel great distances for your regular appointments, advanced procedures or follow-up care.

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 

We completed our first heart transplant in 1986. With more nearly 500 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.


Heart Failure Program Leaders

Our leaders

garrie haas

Garrie Haas, MD, FACC

Director, Heart Failure and Transplant Program

Dr. Haas is a professor of Clinical Medicine at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and director of the Heart and Vascular Research Organization (HVRO).

Dr. Haas is routinely recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and his articles and abstracts have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and he is a frequent presenter on the topics of acute and chronic heart failure management. His research interests include heart failure and hemodynamic monitoring, heart failure disease management and cardiomyopathy.

ayesha hasan

Ayesha Hasan, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program

Dr. Hasan is the director of the Heart Failure Devices Clinic. She is an associate professor of Clinical Medicine and director of the heart failure and transplant fellowship at Ohio State. 

Dr. Hasan is an invited lecturer on the local, national and international level, giving presentations on chronic heart failure and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Her articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals. She has a special interest in device therapy for heart failure, including biventricular pacing, hemodynamic monitoring and ventricular device support.

william abraham

William Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Deputy Director, Ohio State’s Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

Dr. Abraham is routinely recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and was the inaugural designated Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. He has co-edited a leading textbook on heart failure, has been a principal investigator in more than 100 multicenter clinical drug and device trials and has authored more than 600 professional works. Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation at the University of Colorado.

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