Clinical Trials for Heart Failure
Research is currently being conducted to learn more about heart failure and how it affect our patients.
Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Services
The Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program offers all services and procedures to treat heart failure, from evaluation and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care. Our integrated approach involves our physicians, nurses and specialists, working alongside patients’ cardiologists or primary care physicians and family members.
In managing heart failure, early assessment and treatment result in the best outcomes. We ensure that patients receive the most effective treatment for their chronic condition. This is especially true for our patients who progress to the need for heart transplant surgery. Assessing the optimal time for surgery is critical to long-term success.
Continuity of care is important with any degree of cardiac impairment. If a patient requires a heart transplant, we continue to care for the patient through a unique shared care program with Tufts Medical Center in Boston—a recognized leader in heart transplant surgery—in a highly successful collaboration that gives patients access to world-class care close to home.
Treating Heart Failure
Some patients at earlier stages of heart failure can improve their cardiac function through lifestyle changes. As the disease progresses, other treatment options include:
- Implanted devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator
- Circulatory support devices
- Surgery to improve cardiac function
- Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
- Heart transplant surgery
To make a referral or schedule an appointment, please call: 401-444-5803.
Inpatient Heart Failure Consultation Service Pager: 401-350-7936.
We recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient based on a complete and thorough assessment of the patient’s overall medical condition and functional impairment of the heart. Our patients are cared for in partnership with referring physicians, who are kept apprised of their patients' test results, treatment options, and progress.
Treating Advanced Heart Failure
When a patient requires an LVAD implant or a heart transplant, the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program works with Tufts Medical Center, where our program’s cardiologists also see patients. We offer seamless coordination of care, where patients receive excellent preoperative and postoperative care at our hospital and LVAD placement or transplant surgery at Tufts Medical Center, which has been at the forefront of heart failure management for more than three decades.