Vanderbilt Heart Failure Program

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of the top Heart Failure programs in the nation. We have the expertise to care for all stages and causes of heart failure, from the most basic to the most complex. Our innovative treatments offer hope when you need it most.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all types of heart failure and advanced heart failure, including:

  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Amyloid cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Familial cardiomyopathy
  • Heart disease due to cancer or cancer treatment
  • Heart failure with reduced injection fraction
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Left ventricular heart failure
  • Myocarditis
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Right ventricular heart failure
  • Sarcoid heart disease
  • Unclassified cardiomyopathy

Heart Failure Care Team

Heart Failure: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care: Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is among the top heart programs in the nation and the top-ranked program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Depth of experience: We serve a large number of patients, which gives us vast experience. That means expert care for you. We welcome patients with even the most advanced or complex heart failure, who may have been turned away by other hospitals. We are the second-largest heart transplant program in the U.S., with patient outcomes among the best in the nation. Our specialists also provide lifesaving heart-kidney, heart-liver and heart-lung transplants for patients with multiple organ failure.
  • A team approach: Our cardiologists and surgeons work with social workers, dietitians, psychologists and pharmacists to provide complete care that is personalized for you. We will help you and your family understand your treatment options, whether that means simply changing your diet and exercise, or medication, surgery, mechanical circulatory support or a heart transplant.
  • Innovative treatments: Our heart specialists help develop new ways to treat heart failure. For example, we were among the first hospitals to use the Optimizer® cardiac contractility modulation device, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for heart failure patients who can’t have cardiac resynchronization therapy. As one of the first hospitals in the Southeast to offer ventricular assist devices (VADs), we’ve implanted more than 500, including implanting the first total artificial heart in 2018. We also have been among the first to provide newer technologies, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for patients with severe conditions.
  • Research and clinical trials: We are the only academic medical center in Middle Tennessee. Our doctors research new and better ways to care for heart failure patients. That means you have access to promising new treatments before they are widely available.

Tests, Treatments and Services We Offer

  • Blood tests, including B-type natriuretic peptide blood test
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Chest X-ray
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Ejection fraction
  • Exercise stress test
  • Heart biopsy
  • Heart transplant
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Lifestyle modification, such as diet and exercise
  • Medication
  • Pacemaker
  • Radionuclide ventriculography
  • Transcatheter therapies for aortic and mitral valve disease
  • Valve repair or replacement
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD)


Vanderbilt Heart
1215 21st Ave. S, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
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Vanderbilt Heart Knoxville
11440 Parkside Drive, Suite 205
Knoxville, TN 37934
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Vanderbilt Heart at Maury Regional Medical Center
1220 Trotwood Ave., Suite 401
Columbia, TN 38401
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Vanderbilt Heart Murfreesboro
1370 Gateway Blvd., Suite 200
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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Vanderbilt Heart Winchester
1397 S. College St., Bldg 1 Suite 1
Winchester, TN 37398
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For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Heart Failure Program, call (615) 343-9188.