Heart failure is a debilitating condition that affects millions of
Americans. In fact, more than 500,000 new cases of heart failure are
diagnosed each year. Many of these are accompanied by more common
conditions such as high
blood pressure, diabetes,
obstructive sleep apnea, coronary artery disease and heart valve
The Lankenau Heart Institute’s skilled team of heart
failure specialists possesses the knowledge and experience necessary
to care for the diverse needs of these patients. The team is comprised
of heart failure experts from cardiology, cardiovascular surgery,
nursing and an array of other professions that play an important role in
caring for patients with this complex disorder.
Each week, the heart failure team meets to discuss patient cases and to
plan treatment. For patients with advanced forms of heart failure, this
personalized approach to care often results in a significantly improved
quality of life.
Our Heart Failure Team
Led by board certified doctors and surgeons, the Heart Failure Program
consistently applies the latest medical and surgical treatment
approaches to achieve exceptional outcomes for its patients.
Our Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Heart Failure
When diagnosing and treating heart failure, Lankenau Heart Institute’s
specialists draw upon the latest medical and surgical advances to
achieve optimal outcomes. Patients have access to the full array of both
inpatient and outpatient resources necessary to manage even advanced
stages of heart disease. These include heart transplantation surgery and
other select services provided through a clinical collaboration with
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Lankenau Heart Institute’s heart failure team’s efforts to prevent this
condition in at-risk patients emphasize lifestyle changes and the
simultaneous management of contributing conditions.
In patients with severe heart failure, mechanical assist devices are an
option as either a “bridge-to-transplant” for patients who are waiting
for a donor heart or a long-term solution for patients who aren’t
eligible or healthy enough to undergo transplant surgery.
Transplant may be a viable option. Heart transplants can significantly
improve the quality of life and survival rates of people with heart
failure. Lankenau Heart Institute’s heart failure team partners with
prominent transplant programs in the Delaware Valley, including Thomas
Jefferson University Hospital, to ensure that patients benefit from this
The Choice for Heart Failure Care
Lankenau Heart Institute’s Heart Failure Program is widely respected for
its commitment to clinical excellence and innovation. Led by board
certified doctors and surgeons, the Heart Failure Program consistently
applies the latest medical and surgical treatment approaches to achieve
exceptional outcomes for its patients.
Benefits of the Heart Failure Program include:
An experienced team comprised of board certified heart failure
specialists, surgeons with extensive LVAD experience, a dedicate
LVAD nurse practitioner and physician assistant specializing in
An aggressive approach to treating heart failure that includes
the use of advanced medical therapies—such as home infusion
therapy—and the latest surgical approaches.
Abiomed and Thoratec ventricular assist devices used for
bridge-to-recovery and bridge-to-transplant.
A dedicated ECMO team for patients in acute cardiopulmonary
Participation in national healthcare projects aimed at improving
outcomes and lowering costs.
Strong collaborations with respected heart transplant programs.
Research & Clinical Trials
Research is vital to advancing
heart failure care and Lankenau Heart Institute’s specialists
participate regularly in prominent clinical trials of new therapies and
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.