Nearly 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure, and 670,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Sometimes called congestive heart failure, this occurs when the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Usually, the loss in the heart's pumping action is a symptom of an underlying heart problem.
Heart failure interferes with the kidneys' normal function of eliminating excess sodium and waste from the body. In congestive heart failure, the body retains more fluid, resulting in swelling of the ankles and legs. Fluid also collects in the lungs and causes shortness of breath.
Why Choose UHealth?
Advanced heart failure therapies. At the University of Miami Health System, you have the best specialists in advanced heart therapies in the region at the Center for Advanced Heart Failure, and access to leading-edge therapies, including ventricular assist devices, clinical trials, and heart transplant. Our advanced heart disease options for treatment go beyond what is available in the community to prolong life and give you or your loved one a second chance.
Multidisciplinary care by recognized specialists in their field. In complex cases, heart disease care may require the services of a cardiothoracic surgeon, an interventional cardiologist, a lung specialist, a diabetes specialist and a geneticist. Your doctors talk to each other and make sure all specialties involved in your care are on-board with a unified treatment plan.