Typically, heart failure is the end stage of a number of heart conditions and diseases. Because different heart diseases result in different forms of heart failure, patients require precise diagnosis and careful treatment by specially trained physicians.
At the Heart Failure Clinic in Minnesota, physicians who are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure care for patients. The Heart Failure Clinic is one of the largest and most experienced heart failure clinics in the world. Its physician staff has treated nearly 8,000 patients since 1991.
Patients with advanced heart failure or those who need a ventricular assist device (VAD) may be referred to Mayo's Advanced Heart Failure Clinic. Mayo physicians' expertise in treating heart failure offers an opportunity for prolonged life and improved quality of life to patients who have found limited options elsewhere.
At Mayo Clinic, patients benefit from a team approach to patient care. Physicians from many different specialties work together to offer each patient comprehensive care and the convenience of treatment in one location. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, medication, surgery or medical devices. Each patient's care is integrated, from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up.
To determine the type and progression of each patient's heart failure, cardiologists use Mayo's diagnostic expertise:
Depending on the care a patient requires, cardiologists specializing in heart failure may consult with the following Mayo specialists:
- Heart rhythm specialists (electrophysiologists)
- Exercise physiologists
- Sleep disorders specialists (Mayo Clinic researchers actively study sleep disorders and the associations with heart failure.)
- Mechanical support device specialists
- Cardiac surgeons
- Transplant physicians and surgeons
The Heart Failure Clinic team works with patients' local physicians and laboratory testing facilities to optimize follow-up care.
The professional experienced team provides excellent outpatient care and a specialized inpatient program for patients requiring hospitalization. In the hospital, patients' care is directed and monitored by heart failure specialists.
The Heart Failure Clinic has an active clinical research program, giving Mayo patients opportunities to participate in experimental therapies not available elsewhere. Researchers cooperate with other institutions in multicenter trials. Some Mayo-initiated trials are exclusive to Mayo patients.
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 Heart Failure Clinic, please call 507-266-7474, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.