Dr. Raichlin comes to Loyola from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she was instrumental in building a thriving heart transplant program.
In congestive heart failure, the heart does not work with normal efficiency, and consequently does not pump enough blood and oxygen to adequately support other organs. Major symptoms are fatigue, inability to exercise and shortness of breath even at rest.
In many patients, a combination of medications and lifestyle modifications, including healthy diet, weight loss and exercise, can reduce symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life. In advanced heart failure, a patient may require a heart transplant or a surgically implanted device that helps the heart pump blood. Patients who are not candidates for transplants or mechanical assist devices are given palliative care.
Loyola employs a multidisciplinary approach to treating heart failure. The treatment team includes cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, advanced practice nurses, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists.
“My role is to work with other members of our multidisciplinary team to provide the best option for each individual patient,” Dr. Raichlin said.
Dr. Raichlin forms relationships with patients that can last for years or even decades. “They are part of my extended family,” she said. “I’m with them every time they need me. I provide not only medical support but also a lot of psychological support.”
Dr. Raichlin is an associate professor in the division of cardiology, department of medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Her research interests include heart transplants, heart-kidney transplants and heart-liver transplants. She also studies how a donor heart changes after it has been transplanted into a heart failure patient.
Dr. Raichlin grew up in Belorussia and earned her medical degree from Belarusian State Medical University. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Israel. She is fluent in Hebrew, Russian and Belarusian.
Dr. Raichlin is board certified in heart failure and heart transplantation, internal medicine and cardiology.