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Finding an alternative

Andrew Sauer, MD, and Charlie Chatman 

Charlie Chatman was told more than once that he would need a mechanical heart device to treat his heart failure. But cardiologists at The University of Kansas Health System found a different way to improve Charlie's quality of life while monitoring his heart from home. Read Charlie's story.

Advanced Heart Failure

When you are diagnosed with advanced heart failure, it means that your heart is not pumping blood efficiently to other important organs. When this happens, fluid can build up in the lungs, causing congestion, or congestive heart failure. As the heart works in overdrive to maintain blood flow, it starts to weaken and enlarge.

Advanced heart failure is a serious medical condition that requires high-level care. As an academic medical center, The University of Kansas Health System is uniquely equipped to provide you with the most advanced heart failure tests and treatments available in Kansas City. Our cardiologists are research leaders pioneering the next big breakthroughs in heart failure medicine.

To schedule a consultation with a cardiologist or request a second opinion, please call 913-945-9344. You can also request your appointment online. The University of Kansas Health System provides leading innovations for people with heart failure in the Kansas City region and surrounding areas.

A destination hospital for heart failure

Academic medical centers like The University of Kansas Health System are able to care for the sickest patients with the most complex heart issues. Our patients come from all walks of life – throughout the Kansas City region and beyond.

Is it heart failure?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure. Early detection and diagnosis are critical for improving quality and length of life. Common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough or wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of the feet, ankles or legs
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Reduced appetite and nausea

Learn more about the symptoms and risks of heart failure.

As the only heart failure and transplant program in Kansas, our hospital has become a destination hospital for those seeking advanced care. Our nationally acclaimed heart program has earned multiple recognitions, including:

  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report each year since 2007 as being among the nation's top 50 hospitals for cardiovascular care
  • Consistently ranked in the 90th percentile for patient satisfaction for our cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs
  • Recognized as a preferred Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association
  • Earned the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation
  • Received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR® ACTION Registry® – GWTG™ Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012

Learn more about our cardiology awards and honors.

Our heart failure and transplant program

Our advanced heart failure and transplant program includes a multidisciplinary care team consisting of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac nurse navigators and more. These specialists work together and share information and identify the best possible course of treatment for you.

What we offer

Our comprehensive Heart Failure Center offers a full array of treatment options and provides patient education and management for heart failure. We offer:

Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus & Target Heart Failure Honor RollAwards and honors

Our heart failure and transplant program has earned multiple awards by maintaining the highest standards of care. 

  • U.S. News & World Report gave our heart failure program a perfect score in its 2016-2017 hospital rankings. No other heart failure program in the nation achieved this honor.
  • The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awarded us with the Gold Plus Achievement Award for heart failure as part of the Get With The Guidelines program.
  • Our program has also made the honor roll for heart failure as part of Get With The Guidelines.

Our participation in Get With The Guidelines demonstrates our commitment to quality care. Learn more about our recognition through this initiative.

Innovative treatments

Our heart program provides the best available therapies through leading-edge research. Our cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are pioneers in their fields and among the most respected in the nation. With a long history of innovative, compassionate care, they use today's most sophisticated techniques and treatments, including:


CardioMEMS™ HF System

The CardioMEMS HF System is an implantable wireless sensor, no bigger than a dime, that monitors pulmonary blood pressure and heart rate. The device instantly transmits reports to your care team, allowing them to adjust medications as needed and monitor heart function remotely.

ENTRESTO® and Corlanor®

Entresto and Corlanor are the most current and promising FDA-approved oral medications that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for people with heart failure. These treatments improve heart failure symptoms and enhance quality of life. 

Helpful resources

If you are living with advanced heart failure, The University of Kansas Health System is here to support you. We offer a variety of resources for our heart failure patients, including: