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:
Meet Your Care Team
- Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support
- Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Inherited Disease
Why Choose Heart Failure Program at Vanderbilt
- Recognized care
Vanderbilt is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by leading authorities on healthcare quality. People from throughout the Southeast and across the country rely on us for the best and most innovative care possible.
- Knowledge and 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.
- 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.
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.
- Advanced care
As part of an academic medical center, we are leaders in caring for the most complex conditions. Our commitment to research means that you receive the most current, advanced treatment available.
- Clinical trials
As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial.
Tests, Treatments and Services
We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:
- Blood tests
- B-type natriuretic peptide blood test
- Cardiac catheterization
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Coronary artery bypass grafting
- Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)