- Nationally Recognized Experts in Heart Failure Care
Loyola Medicine cardiologist Alain Heroux, MD, works in a clinically integrated care team to offer the latest advancements in heart failure care. From medication therapy to heart transplant procedures, Loyola’s Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine is nationally ranked in cardiology and heart surgery.
Nationally Recognized in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Failure
Heart failure also known as congestive heart failure, is one of the many heart conditions treated by the multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists at Loyola Medicine. Dedicated to your complete care and understanding of the disease, Loyola’s cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, advanced practice nurses, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists work together to ensure you get the diagnosis and treatment that is right for you.
Inefficient pumping of blood by your heart causes heart failure. The heart’s pumping capacity can be diminished as a result of heart attack, cardiac arrest, high blood pressure, diabetes, congenital heart defects or other conditions. Heart failure can be classified as the following:
Advanced heart failure can occur when poor blood flow leads to fluid buildup in your lungs and other organs, causing complications that require immediate, comprehensive care. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of advanced heart failure.
Why Choose Loyola for Heart Failure?
Loyola’s cardiology and heart surgery program is nationally recognized for our diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions. We work with you to help you understand your condition and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
How is Heart Failure Diagnosed?
Doctors at Loyola approach the diagnosis of heart failure with great detail and care. Your medical history, health evaluation and symptoms could indicate the presence of heart failure. Heart failure symptoms may include:
- Brain fog or difficulty concentrating
- Chest pressure
- Heart palpitations or arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- High blood pressure
- Persistent cough with blood-tinged phlegm
- Severe chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in your lower body
- Water retention
- Fatigue and exercise intolerance
While these symptoms can be indicative of a weak heart, additional tests may be conducted to definitively diagnose your specific condition. Many of these tests are conducted by Loyola’s advanced cardiovascular imaging team and may include:
- Blood tests
- Cardiac MRI
- Cardiac stress test
- Catheter-based testing
- Comprehensive hemodynamic evaluation
- Endomyocardial biopsy
Throughout the diagnostic process, Loyola is committed to your compassionate care.
How is Heart Failure Treated?
How your heart failure is treated depends on your specific condition and the extent of your heart damage. Your team at Loyola works with you to accurately diagnose your heart failure and develop a treatment plan to improve heart function.
- Lifestyle modification
- Medical therapy with neurohormonal blockers, vasodilators and diuretics
- Arrhythmia medication
- Stent placement
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy device implantation
- Alcohol septal ablation
- Percutaneous ventricular assist device (PVAD)
- LVAD (left ventricular assist device) treatment as bridge to transplant or destination therapy
- Heart transplantation
- Palliative therapies
Advanced heart failure can occur when poor blood flow leads to fluid buildup in your lungs and other organs, causing complications that require immediate, comprehensive care. Advanced heart failure treatments may include:
- Assessment for heart transplant or other surgical treatments
- Assessment for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or other implantable devices
- Palliative therapy for end-stage heart failure management
Following your diagnosis and treatment at Loyola you will be seen in our heart failure clinic where you meet with board-certified advanced heart failure/transplant cardiology physicians and two advance practice nurses (APNs) who work with you to provide recommendations on how to reduce your risk of continued heart failure.
Loyola is also proud to offer patients a shared care model for your heart failure needs. Under this model of treatment, Loyola works with your primary cardiologist in your local community to provide the expertise necessary to enable you to return to your normal routine and daily life. Working jointly with your local cardiologist following surgery enables you to have ongoing, follow-up care in your own community.