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Heart Failure

At Ohio State, we offer new hope to patients who have been living with congestive heart failure. Home to world-renowned advanced heart failure specialists, we offer treatments and access to ground-breaking clinical trials not found in other hospitals.

At Ohio State, you can keep your care local in Columbus throughout the entire spectrum of treating your condition. Our approach to treatment is to start with the simplest, least-invasive steps. If symptoms persist, we move up to more invasive procedures only as you need it.

For those requiring advanced treatment, we offer clinical trials as well as the only program in the region performing implantation of artificial heart pumps, ventricular assist devices (VADs) and heart transplantation. We provide this full spectrum of treatment right here in Columbus, so you don't have to travel great distances for your regular appointments, advanced procedures or follow-up care.

We completed our first heart transplant in 1986. With nearly 500 heart transplants since then, our program remains central Ohio’s only adult heart transplant program.

About 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.

Our team of experts can help determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs, request an appointment today by filling out the form above.

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