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Don't take our word for it

Denise Bollin 

While our awards and honors reflect our commitment to patient care, our true measure of quality is perhaps best represented by the stories of our patients. Find out what it's really like to get heart care from The University of Kansas Health System. Read our patient stories.

Heart Failure Center

The Heart Failure Center at The University of Kansas Health System provides a complete range of services to care for you at every stage of heart failure – from risk reduction to critical care. We offer a complete spectrum of treatments and procedures backed by the most current research available.

Our heart failure and transplant program is the only program in Kansas to offer uninterrupted, high-level care for people living with HF. To speak with a cardiologist or get a second opinion, call 913-945-9344 or request your appointment online. The University of Kansas Health System provides leading innovations for people suffering from heart failure in the Kansas City region and surrounding areas.

Care that fits your life

Our heart failure specialists care for people with advanced heart failure a little differently. Rather than relying on cookie-cutter approaches to treatment, we develop personalized solutions for you. We do this by taking into consideration several factors:

  • The nuances of your condition. We understand that no two people with heart failure are the same: their causes of HF may differ, they may experience different symptoms and they may have additional health issues to consider. In order to determine the best therapy, we create a care plan that includes all aspects of a person's health.

  • The lifestyle choices that are important to you. You had a life before heart failure, and maintaining as much of your normal routine as possible is our priority. By understanding the activities that are important to you, we can identify the treatments or technologies that will help you get back to doing the things you enjoy.

  • The values that shape your quality of life. Your values are an important part of who you are and how you live your life. Knowing what you value (such as independence or time with family) can help us choose therapies that will promote the values that matter to you.

Experience you can trust

Our team brings together an experienced staff that is dedicated to heart failure.

Our cardiologists are some of the best and brightest in the nation and come from the most esteemed cardiology programs in the country. The culmination of their interests, expertise and many years of experience ensures you receive reliable, yet innovative care.

  • Nurses: Our nurse practitioners have achieved national certification in heart failure. We also have nurses who specialize in heart failure care.

  • Others: Dietitians, pharmacists, case managers, social workers and palliative care providers offer much needed support services before, during and after your treatment.

A cardiologist and nurses specializing in cardiology will lead the team. Depending on your needs, your team may also include interventional cardiologists, heart rhythm specialists or heart surgeons. Because we are an academic medical center, we have access to the latest treatments and clinical trials.

Your cardiologist and nurse will work closely with you to ensure your treatment plan is effective. They will also offer guidance and resources to help you establish and maintain the healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. They will keep in touch with you and respond to your questions and concerns quickly. Our goal is to keep you out of the hospital, enjoying your life.

Recognized for excellence

Our Heart Failure Center participates in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines program, and we have earned the Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award, demonstrating:

  • An 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Performance Achievement Indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals.
  • A 75% of higher compliance with 4 of 9 Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Quality Measures to improve patient care and outcomes.

Our heart failure and transplant program also made the honor roll for heart failure as part of Get With The Guidelines. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to quality care.

Leaders in heart care

The University of Kansas Health System is a leader in both prevention and treatment of heart disease.

  • Our Risk Reduction Clinic is devoted to helping people take control of their heart health.
  • We participate in a variety of clinical trials to improve prevention and treatment of heart disease.
  • Our partners at the University of Kansas Medical Center are known for innovative research in cardiology.
  • People who come to our Regional Heart Attack Center are more likely to survive.
    • In all areas of heart attack care, we exceed the top 10% of hospitals nationally.
    • Our interventional specialists open blocked arteries faster than national standards.
    • Our patients experience fewer complications than the national average.
    • Although we take care of sicker patients, our mortality rate for heart attack patients is far better than the national standard.

Modern facilities and equipment

The health and well-being of our patients always comes first. That's why our facilities feature some of the most modern, innovative equipment available today. Through this advanced technology, we can improve safety and outcomes.

  • At the Lynn H. Kindred, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Labs, we provide minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures for a number of cardiac conditions.
  • We also have new hybrid suites that can accommodate both minimally invasive procedures as well as complex surgeries. This eliminates the need to move patients to another room in the event of a medical emergency, and ensures fast, immediate care.
  • Our surgeons use endoscopic cameras for minimally invasive procedures for enhanced visualization of internal organs. This results in more precise surgical techniques and allows them to adapt to changes in real time.