Heart Failure Program

Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, means your heart muscle is failing to pump blood normally because it is damaged, weak or both.

At Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, our specialists have the depth of expertise to diagnose and treat all stages of heart failure and advanced cardiomyopathies. We work together to offer you the best possible care, so you can continue to live an active, healthy life.

Heart Failure: Why Choose Vanderbilt

At Vanderbilt, we offer:

  • Recognized excellence: U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top 20 cardiology and cardiac surgery programs in the nation, and we are the only top-ranked program in Tennessee. We are a High Performing Hospital for heart failure, recognizing our national expertise and exceptional patient outcomes.
  • Highly skilled doctors: Our heart failure specialists have undergone extensive training in this specialty, making them uniquely skilled to care for you.  
  • Collaborative team: Our cardiologists and surgeons work together with social workers, registered dietitians, psychologists and pharmacists to provide you with comprehensive, tailored care.
  • Personalized care: You will receive a prompt, accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan. We tailor your care based on your current health, preferences and tests.  
  • Comprehensive long-term care: From medications to implantable devices to heart transplant, our team will be with you every step of the way. Our goal is to help you live a healthy, active life and manage any challenges along the way.  

Heart Failure: Conditions We Treat

At Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, we treat the full spectrum of heart failure conditions, including:

  • Left ventricular heart failure
  • Right ventricular heart failure (This usually occurs as a result of left ventricular heart failure).
  • Advanced heart failure
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
  • Unclassified cardiomyopathy

Heart Failure: Diagnosis

To determine if you have heart failure, we will review your medical history and discuss your symptoms and risk factors with you. You will also have a physical exam. To confirm your diagnosis, we may perform one or more tests including:

Heart Failure: Treatments

Our specialists will develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs and addresses the cause of your heart failure. Treatments may include:

  • Lifestyle modifications: Our team works together to help you make lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise. We can also connect you with resources to help you manage weight loss and to quit using tobacco.
  • Medication: We can prescribe medications based on the type and severity of your heart failure. We work with you to monitor the ongoing effectiveness of your medication.
  • Pacemaker: Our team may need to surgically implant this battery-operated device in your chest. The device stimulates your heart so that it beats regularly and works more efficiently.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD): If you are at high risk of cardiac arrest due to a ventricular arrhythmia (a dangerous irregular heartbeat), you may need an ICD. When an ICD detects an arrhythmia, it delivers an electric shock to return your heartbeat to a normal rhythm.
  • Valve repair or replacement: Our specialists use both nonsurgical and surgical methods to repair or replace failing heart valves, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We perform nearly 200 TAVR procedures a year, more than anyone else in the region.
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting: If your heart failure is caused by a severe blockage, bypass surgery can create a path for blood to flow around the blockage. This means your surgeon takes a healthy blood vessel (graft) from another part of the body and uses the new blood vessel to bypass the blockage.
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD): If your heart is too weak to pump blood on its own, a VAD may help. We are one of the first hospitals in the region to offer this lifesaving treatment option. VAD can be a primary treatment, or it can help you regain enough strength for a heart transplant.
  • Heart transplant: We are among the top 5 heart transplant programs in the country. Outcomes for patients receiving a heart transplant at our center regularly exceed nationally established benchmarks. As the largest heart transplant program in Tennessee, we have the experience and resources to provide the most advanced care to our patients.

Heart Failure Locations

Our experienced team of doctors may see patients at additional locations. To find the location closest to you, call (615) 322-2318.

Columbia
Maury Regional Medical Center
1220 Trotwood Ave., Suite 401
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 388-8622
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Franklin
Williamson Medical Center
4323 Carothers Pkwy., Williamson Tower, Suite 405
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 322-2318
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Knoxville
900 E. Oak Hill Ave., Suite 600
Knoxville, TN 37917
(615) 322-2318
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Nashville
Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2318
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Murfreesboro
1370 Gateway Blvd., Suite 200
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 895-1301
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Winchester
1397 S. College St., Suite 1
Winchester, TN 37398
(615) 322-2318
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