Heart Failure

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The effects of heart failure, when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to keep up with your body, can be dramatic. As your heart grows weaker, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue and swelling in the ankles, feet and legs also become more severe. Even getting dressed can leave you tired and exhausted.

The Nebraska Medicine Heart Failure program treats hundreds of patients each year and cares for some of the sickest heart failure patients in the area. While heart failure has no cure, our advanced heart failure specialists can offer personalized treatments, from medicines and lifestyle changes to the most advanced therapeutic devices, to help you live a longer and more active life. Nebraska Medicine boasts one of the top 10 heart failure programs in the country, has the largest heart failure program in Nebraska, and is the only hospital in the region to offer heart transplants.

Patient Guides

Why Nebraska Medicine for Heart Failure Treatment

Be Evaluated by the Field’s Leading Experts

Nebraska Medicine's three board certified heart failure specialists have years of training and experience. They are backed by a team of and cardiac and transplant surgeons as well as advanced heart failure nurse coordinators with cardiac transplantation certification and critical care expertise to sure you receive the best care possible.

Our Academic Medical Partner: the University of Nebraska Medical Center 

We're not only treating patients. We're also conducting the studies for the next generation of drugs and procedures related to keeping your heart healthy. 

Our Large Team Helps You Through Every Aspect

A team of experts meet weekly to review each patient's case and determine the best advanced heart failure therapy, including cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac imaging experts, social work coordinators, psychologists, financial service representatives, pharmacists and dietitians. Our dedicated heart failure educators also are available to inpatients as well as outpatients to answer any questions, follow your progress and assist with self-care.

We Offer a Multitude of Weapons

Our heart failure experts will follow you closely and develop a customized treatment plan that may include advanced medical therapies, ventricular assist devices, artificial hearts or a heart transplant. The goal is to reverse cardiac damage, improve survival, minimize symptoms and, ultimately, enhance your quality of life through heart failure education, exercise, healthy lifestyle counseling and diet education. In many cases, our heart failure team may be able to preserve the function of your heart with the goal of extending your life, and for some help you live long enough to make you eligible for a heart transplant.

Transplant Alternatives

When a new heart is not an option, we can implant a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Nebraska Medicine is rated among the top 10 percent of medical centers across the country for volume and success with the use of this procedure. In a small but growing number of patients, the LVAD device also has allowed some patients to recover from end-stage heart failure and forgo the need for a heart transplant.

Genetic Testing and Counseling

We offer genetic testing and counseling to those patients who have a family history of heart disease or an inherited heart condition.

Heart Failure Monitoring System

The CardioMEMSTM Heart Failure (HF) System uses a small monitoring device implanted in your pulmonary artery to measure its pressure remotely. You have to spend a few minutes reporting the reading daily, but there's no pain involved. The data is sent to a secure website where only the appropriate health care provider can read it. We typically use this system when you've ended up in the hospital multiple times with heart issues.