At Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, we not only treat heart failure, we focus on keeping patients out of the hospital and living longer, more active lives.

When you come to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, you will find every aspect of heart failure care under one roof, from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation. Your heart failure team is made up of several specialists, each working on a different aspect of your care.

How is heart failure diagnosed?

Our team uses sophisticated diagnostic cardiac testing to determine whether you have heart failure. We use the latest technology, including 3D and 4D echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography (CT) and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to pinpoint your exact diagnosis. These next-generation imaging tools allow us to create more personalized and effective treatment plans.

How is heart failure treated at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute?

When treating heart failure, our goal is to keep you out of the hospital and as active as possible. A wide variety of treatment options for heart failure is available. Treatments may include:

  • Medical therapy, including oral medicines and injectables
  • Angioplasty with coronary stents
  • Pacemakers
  • Cardiac defibrillator implants
  • Open-heart surgery

To help optimize your treatment, we offer a heart failure clinic and encourage patients to participate in this service within 10 days of being discharged from the hospital with a heart failure diagnosis or complications. This clinic allows your care team to see how you are recovering and adjust your treatment plan, if necessary, so you can stay out of the hospital and live a longer, healthier life.

Our team also specializes in palliative therapy for heart failure patients and will help you find the right type of care to fit your needs.

  • 5 million

    An estimated 5 million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure (CHF).
  • 550,000

    Each year in the U.S., 550,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed.
  • 1.4 million

    Americans, under the age of 60, diagnosed with congestive heart failure number 1.4 million.

Conditions & Treatments

Learn more about heart failure.
Our Approach

Our Approach

When you come to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute for heart failure treatment, you can expect:

  • A team that is dedicated to helping you stay out of the hospital and live longer.
  • Physicians who specialize in all aspects of cardiac care and who can help optimize every part of your treatment.
  • Every aspect of heart failure care under one roof, from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation.

Who benefits from this program?

When you come to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute for heart failure treatment, you will find a team of specialists dedicated to developing a personalized treatment plan based on your specific diagnosis. You may benefit from this program if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with heart failure.
  • Have recently been readmitted to the hospital for heart failure relapse.

The condition known as “heart failure” is misunderstood and often under-diagnosed. Much of the confusion comes from the name. Heart failure does not mean the heart stops. It means the heart is too weak to pump blood through the body as it normally should. The heart keeps working, but the body’s need for blood and oxygen isn’t being met.

Meet The Team

Our team includes a diverse group of cardiologists who are able to provide all aspects of heart care, including electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, lipidologists, surgeons and rehabilitation specialists.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • During the heart failure clinic, you will meet with a nurse who will run diagnostic tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, to see how you are recovering after treatment. Based on this check-up, your care team will optimize your treatment so it is working as well as possible. You are welcome to return to the clinic routinely for check-ups and treatment assessment.

  • Many heart failure patients return to the hospital with relapse shortly after initial treatment, usually within 30 days of discharge. Unfortunately, every time patients revisit the hospital, they are more at risk for getting sicker. The heart failure clinic helps check on your recovery and optimize treatment so you can avoid going back to the hospital.

Heart Failure Clinical Trials

Our team is involved with several studies to improve treatment and outcomes for heart failure patients. We’re helping to research new surgeries and medical therapies. If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials talk with your doctor or view a list of trials.
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