Cardiovascular Institute

Heart Failure

The Allegheny Health Network Cardiovascular Institute is nationally recognized for providing superior state-of-the-art care for patients in heart failure. We have the region’s most innovative therapies and a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of specialists who are dedicated to each and every patient. We ensure that you receive the safest and highest quality care for the most effective treatment for your specific heart failure situation.

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as your body needs. The disease may cause you to become short of breath, tired and unable to do normal activities like walking, climbing stairs or taking a trip to the store. A complete blockage could cause you to have a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction.

Various conditions lead to heart failure – from cardiomyopathy or narrowed arteries to diseased heart valves or congenital heart defects. And although it is a serious disease to have, many people still live active, healthy lives with proper treatments, medication management and lifestyle changes. 

Why the Cardiovascular Institute?

Expertise and teamwork
For more than half of a century, our hospitals have been leaders in heart care. Our success rates for heart procedures exceed national averages and consistently rank among the best in in the region. We have the best one-year and three-year transplant survival rates in the region, according to The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). And we are one of the best heart transplant programs in the country for patient care quality and outcomes, according to the SRTR.
 
The Allegheny Health Network Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) and our specialized heart doctors have been recognized as being among the best in the country by Thompson Reuters, U.S. News and World Report, and the American Heart Association. That’s because our multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and health-care staff have years of experience with treating anything that could potentially go wrong with your heart. This expertise means that you receive the best possible care that results in the best possible outcome.

Innovative, groundbreaking treatments
Treatments for heart disease have become more effective over the last several decades because of forward-thinking physicians with creative ideas. And CVI doctors help lead the way in developing and implementing these advances. We use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and technology to find even the smallest heart abnormality, perform the most innovative techniques and surgeries to treat any heart condition, and use novel medications that treat your disease while maintaining your quality of life.

Personalized care and attention
At the Cardiovascular Institute, your care is all about you. We understand that every heart patient has different needs, circumstances and challenges and that no one treatment plan is suited for every patient. Our specialists collaborate to develop an in-depth medical strategy specific to each patient’s condition and situation. While receiving any heart-care service from us, this dedicated team works diligently to provide you with quality, compassionate and reassuring care.

Progressive research
We continually conduct new research that leads to even better ways to prevent, find and treat heart disease. Many of our patients are suitable candidates for these novel devices and clinical trials, giving them even more promising results for their heart health.

Care close to home
We know how important your time is, so we have made specialized heart care convenient for you to reach. Through our network’s seven hospitals and 20 outpatient cardiovascular offices, you can receive tests, treatments, procedures and overall heart care close to your home and in comfortable surroundings.


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