Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Program

Collaborative Heart Failure Care

The Advanced Heart Failure Program at BIDMC brings together a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who are experts in diagnosing and treating all stages of heart failure.

Marwa Sabe, MD with Advanced Heart Failure Patient at BIDMCHeart failure develops when the heart has weakened or become too stiff to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. It is a chronic condition but can be treated and managed.

Depending on your condition, treatments might include medications, implanted devices or surgery. We also offer services such as nutritional and social work consults and outpatient intravenous infusions, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation and palliative care.

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Diagnosing Heart Failure

Your doctor will discuss your symptoms and medical history with you, and will examine your heart, lungs, abdomen, and legs. To confirm a diagnosis of heart failure, the Advanced Heart Failure team conducts the following tests:

  • Blood Tests. Tests may look for biomarkers that are released by the heart when it is overburdened.
  • Imaging Tests. From MRIs and CT scans to EKGs and echocardiograms, Cardiovascular Imaging helps determine how well the heart is pumping and monitors the effectiveness of your treatment. 


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