At Aurora Health Care, we’re at the forefront of diagnosis and treatments for advanced heart failure. Our doctors and surgeons are among the nation’s most experienced in treating congestive heart failure.
After diagnosing the stage of your illness, informing you of treatment options and understanding your specific goals, we individualize a treatment plan for you. We never forget that you are more than just a patient. The Advanced Heart Failure Therapies program strives to provide lifesaving options to allow people to live life to the fullest.
A heart failure diagnosis is serious. We offer the answers you and your family need to move forward with your life – and your health.
If you have symptoms of heart failure, our cardiologists (doctors who specialize in heart care) have access to the most advanced diagnostic tests available, including:
Once we confirm a diagnosis of heart failure, we will work with you to develop a heart failure treatment plan tailored to your needs.
We may recommend:
Learn more about heart failure treatments available at the Donald and Rosemary Tendick, Sr., Clinic for Advanced Heart Failure Therapies.
If more conventional heart failure treatments do not improve your condition, then we may consider a heart resynchronization pacemaker or heart replacement options (LVAD or heart transplantation). A left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, requires open heart surgery to implant the artificial heart.
Our Advanced Heart Failure Therapies program has performed more than 875 heart transplants and has implanted more than 770 artificial heart pumps. This large number of procedures shows that we offer more experience with lifesaving therapy and better results than any program in the region.
The devices that treat heart failure include:
Learn more about cardiac electrophysiology.
ECMO is a lifesaving technology that circulates the blood outside the body while you are awaiting treatment such as a heart transplant. We have ECMO therapy available 24/7 in our emergency department. Read more about emergency heart care.
For some advanced heart failure cases, the best treatment may be heart transplant. Our surgeons have performed more than 870 heart transplants for people from all 50 states and 25 countries, and our heart transplant program ranks among the top 5% nationwide. Find out more about heart transplant.
We offer a specialized cardiac observation unit – the only one of its kind in Wisconsin. In this unit, we provide ongoing observation and care for people who may be experiencing heart failure, but may not be having an emergency or need to be admitted to the hospital.
Our cardiac observation unit allows us to provide: