End-stage heart failure is a disease in which the heart muscle is failing in its attempt to pump blood through the body, and in which all other available treatments are no longer helping to improve the heart's function. End-stage heart failure is the final stage of heart failure. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, or CHF, is a condition that occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood sufficiently. Despite its name, a diagnosis of heart failure does NOT mean the heart is about to stop beating. The term "failure" refers to the fact that the heart muscle is failing to pump blood in the normal manner because it has become weakened.
The Nebraska Medical Center has an expert cardiac team including heart failure cardiologists, certified in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation specially trained in the care of congestive heart failure patients. Our team will evaluate patients to determine the best course of treatment for their disease including advanced medical therapies, mechanical assist devices and transplantation. Click here to learn more about our Congestive Heart Failure Program.