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.
TeamLed 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.
Approach 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
Research & Clinical TrialsResearch
is vital to advancing heart failure care and Lankenau Heart Institute’s
specialists participate regularly in prominent clinical trials of new
therapies and medical devices.
Points of DifferentiationLankenau
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 heart failure.
An aggressive approach to treating heart failure that
includes the use of advanced medical therapies – such as
home infusion therapy – and the latest surgical
Abiomed and Thoratec ventricular assist devices used for
bridge-to-recovery and bridge-to-transplant.
A dedicated ECMO team for patients in acute
Participation in national healthcare projects aimed at
improving outcomes and lowering costs.
Strong collaborations with respected heart transplant
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