Cardiovascular Center: Heart Failure Program

Heart failure is a major public health problem that strikes nearly 500,000 new patients each year. Heart failure can result from hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart attack and diseases of the heart muscle. Chronic congestive heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in the elderly.

The Heart Failure Program at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center in Jacksonville is committed to providing patients with highly specialized care and the most advanced treatment options available.

The program is staffed by University of Florida heart team experts who provide inpatient and outpatient services. Patients with heart failure can usually be treated with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to remove excess fluid, improve blood circulation and increase the heart's ability to pump.

Patients of the Heart Failure Program also benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise of specially trained nurses, pharmacists and dietitians. The team provides each patient with a comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment plan.

Video: About Heart Failure

Invasive Diagnostic Procedures

  • Cardiac Catheterization

Non-Invasive Diagnostic Procedures

  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI, CMRI)
  • Cardiac Multi-Slice Computer Tomography (CT)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Nuclear Perfusion Imaging
  • Treadmill Stress Test

Treatment Options

Patients with heart failure can usually be treated successfully with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to remove excess fluid and improve blood circulation, increasing the heart's ability to pump.

Treatment options include drugs that decrease fluid, improve the pumping capacity of the heart, improve the shape and size of the heart and prolong survival. Patients with advanced heart disease, who are resistant to treatment, may require hospitalization for intravenous medications designed to stabilize their symptoms. Patients with heart failure also have the availability of devices to prolong survival and improve cardiac function. Many heart failure patients can benefit from a supervised exercise program called cardiac rehabilitation.

Jacksonville Heart Failure Specialists

Locations

  1. UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville

    5th Floor, Ambulatory Care Center
    655 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209