The Advanced Heart Failure Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota assesses people who have advanced heart failure who may need a ventricular assist device or other surgical treatment. Mayo Clinic is one of the few facilities in the United States with a clinic devoted specifically to treatment of advanced heart failure. Patients are seen by heart failure specialists, transplant cardiologists and surgeons, ensuring convenience for the patient and a team approach to patient care.
Treatment options available to patients include cardiac resynchronization therapy, conventional surgery, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, also known as a ventricular assist device (VAD). A VAD is a mechanical heart pump that can be used either as a "bridge" to cardiac transplantation or as permanent therapy for patients who are not eligible for transplantation.
The Advanced Heart Failure Clinic has an active clinical research program, giving some patients opportunities to participate in experimental therapies.
For an up-to-date list of clinical trials, go to the Clinical Trials section and search on "heart failure."
For more information or to schedule an evaluation with the Advanced Heart Failure Clinic, please call 507-284-3994, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.