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Heart Failure and Transplantation Medicine

More than 5.7 million people live with heart failure in America. In the early stages, the disease can be managed with a combination of medication and a healthier lifestyle. As time progresses, however, treatment becomes more complex. Patients from around the world have sought care from the nationally renowned team at Ochsner. Here, in the largest program for advanced heart failure treatment in the Gulf South, patients receive the latest treatment options and personalized care.

Why Advanced Heart Failure Treatment at Ochsner?

At Ochsner, you don’t fight heart failure alone. Our multi-disciplinary team is comprised of the region’s most passionate and experienced transplant cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, social workers, pharmacists and dieticians. Your referring physician also continues to be an important part of your team.

Ochsner provides comprehensive management of all stages of congestive heart failure. We offer a complete array of innovative technologies, including surgical and percutaneous implantable mechanical support, implantable hemodynamic monitoring, biventricular pacing, ultrafiltration and novel drug therapies.

You’ll benefit from a customized treatment plan that addresses not just your physical needs but your mental and emotional ones. Open access clinics, telemanagement, nutrition counseling and social services help you achieve your goals.

Comprehensive services include:

  • Invasive and non-invasive diagnostic procedures
  • Inotrope support
  • Electrophysiology therapy
  • Short- and long-term mechanical circulatory support devices
  • Cutting-edge surgical procedures
  • Innovative cardiac rehabilitation
  • Ongoing disease management education in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Heart Transplant

Heart Transplant Program

With great experience comes greater outcomes. Ochsner’s Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Program is the only Medicare-approved heart transplant program in Louisiana, performing over 20 heart transplants per year. Since 1970, when the first heart transplant in the Gulf South region was performed at Ochsner, more than 900 patients have undergone the procedure at Ochsner.

Ranked Nationally by CareChex in the top 10 programs – Medical Excellence for Heart Transplant

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Amyloid Program

Until recently, patients with amyloidosis had to go outside the Gulf South for treatment. Today, you can receive care right here at Ochsner. This exciting new program allows for rapid diagnosis, multidisciplinary management and new therapies for treating different types of amyloidosis, especially amyloid cardiomyopathy and advanced heart failure. 

Mechanical Circulatory Support

Some patients need additional cardiac support while waiting for their heart.  These patients are candidates for mechanical circulatory support or a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).   Ochsner has a long history as a leader in the field of mechanical circulatory support.  Ochsner was one of just twenty centers designated as a "Center for Destination Therapy" for the HeartMate® I Ventricular Assist System. Since that time Ochsner has implanted almost 400 devices and continues to offer the latest technologies to support patients with end stage heart failure as a bridge to transplantation or as destination therapy.  These include the Syncardia Total Artificial Heart (TAH), Heartmate II, Heartmate III (clinical trial) and Heartware devices. 

Pulmonary Hypertension Program 

Pulmonary hypertension may also lead to heart failure. Our team actively participates in research and clinical trials offering a wide range of innovative and investigational treatments. Options include oral, inhaled, subcutaneous and intravenous therapies, as well as lung transplantation for advanced disease.

Experienced coordinators provide ongoing patient care through nurse-led support groups and clinic-based education sessions.

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The Heart Failure Digital Medicine Program

With the Heart Failure Digital Medicine program, our team can help you manage your heart failure digitally. When you weigh yourself daily, take your medications, adopt a healthier lifestyle, and monitor your diet and sodium intake, this program can help keep you on the right track.

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