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If you’re facing heart failure, it’s important that you get specialized care. Heart failure is serious, but it doesn’t have to shorten your life or control how you live. Taking early control of your condition with expert care can help you live longer – and live better.

At Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, our cardiologists and heart failure specialists give you the experienced, tailored care your condition needs. From medication and implantable devices to care from the region’s only heart transplant center, we deliver every option to help you manage your heart failure and live the life you want.

Expert Heart Failure Care

Our expertise, outcomes and offerings set our heart failure program apart. We give you:

  • Vast experience. It comes from managing more than 3,000 heart failure patients every year, and performing more heart failure procedures than many other centers in the region.
  • Leading transplant care. We’re the region’s only heart transplant center, and we’ve been performing them for more than 30 years.
  • Top outcomes. Our one-year heart transplant survival rate is 98 percent, compared to a national rate of 90 percent.
  • Breakthrough treatments. We’re one of the region’s only centers to offer the total artificial heart – and we were the first center in the Carolinas to implant one.
  • Renowned care. We’re designated by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association as a center of excellence for the exceptional level and scope of services we offer to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
  • Clinical trials. That means you get access to the latest heart failure medications, devices and treatments that could save or improve your life.
  • Patient-centered programs. Our award-winning heart success program takes a team approach to help you manage your heart failure and stay out of the hospital.

Your Specialized Heart Failure Team

We offer a full team of specialized heart failure providers, all working together to care for you. Your care team includes:

  • Board-certified heart failure and transplant physicians to manage your heart failure care and treatment, and collaborate with your general cardiologist or primary care doctor
  • Specialized heart failure-certified nurses to work alongside your physicians in your care management
  • Pharmacists to carefully prescribe and monitor your tailored heart failure medication regimen
  • Imaging specialists to accurately diagnose the state of your heart failure and evaluate its progression
  • Dietitians to ensure you’re getting the heart-healthy nutrition that’s just right for you
  • Geneticists to identify genetic information that could impact your care or shed light on your family’s risk
  • Social workers to help you navigate the social, financial and emotional impacts of your heart failure and understand your resources

Advanced Heart Failure Services

Our heart failure specialists treat every type of heart failure and its related conditions, including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Left-sided heart failure, including systolic and diastolic failure
  • Right-sided heart failure
  • Heart failure brought on by cancer (cardio-oncology)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary hypertension

We offer the full range of heart failure treatment options, including:

  • Heart transplant, a life-saving treatment when you have end-stage heart failure
  • LVADs (left ventricular assist devices) and the total artificial heart to give you the critical treatment you need until you’re able to get a heart transplant
  • Minimally invasive surgery to help repair the specific cause of your heart failure
  • Implantable devices and defibrillators to reduce the risk or severity of an irregular heartbeat brought on by your heart failure – plus 24/7 remote monitoring of your device by our team
  • Medication therapy and management using the latest heart failure guidelines

Meet a Heart Failure Patient

Diagnosed with congestive heart failure, James needed a heart transplant. 30 years later, his “new” heart is still going strong.