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 using the latest advances.
Heart 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.
Understanding a Heart Failure Diagnosis (PDF)
Living an Active Life with Heart Failure
In 2017, Jim Rand was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Learn how BIDMC's CardioVascular Institute (CVI) helps him treat and manage his condition.
Read Jim's Story
Advanced Heart Failure Program Wins Quality Award
The CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC has received prestigious recognition for quality in the care of hospitalized patients with heart failure through the American Heart Association's "Get With the Guidelines" program.
Learn more about "Get With the Guidelines"
The “Healing Hearts Dinner” brought together patients, caregivers and members of the Advanced Heart Failure Care Team to relax and enjoy one another’s company.
Read About the Dinner