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Advanced Heart Failure Care in Kansas City

Advanced heart failure is a type of heart disease that occurs when the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. When this happens, important organs may not be able to function normally. Heart failure can develop because of another heart or medical condition that weakens the heart muscle, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension or a heart attack.

Heart failure symptoms

Many people don't know they have heart failure because the symptoms are mistaken for another condition. Without timely diagnosis and treatment, heart failure can lead to serious complications and can be deadly. These symptoms are often signs of heart failure and should be checked out by a cardiologist:

  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Confusion
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles or stomach
  • Difficulty breathing while lying down
  • Shortness of breath during daily activities
  • Reduced appetite and nausea
  • Sudden weight gain

Getting the care you need

The University of Kansas Health System offers today's leading diagnostic tests and treatments for people with advanced heart failure. We provide comprehensive services for every stage of the disease process. We offer:

  • Complex heart surgery
  • Bridge-to-transplant services
  • Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)
  • Heart transplant surgery

Second Opinion: Know your options

There are many ways to manage heart failure. Some may only need medication and lifestyle changes, while others may require heart surgery. Knowing your options is important for successful treatment and recovery.

Our doctors are happy to offer second opinions to people with heart failure. Seeking a second opinion does not mean you don't trust your doctor. It simply allows you to learn about the different ways your condition can be managed and treated. Our heart failure team takes pride in using the latest heart failure technology to develop customized solutions for each person. Our goal is to enhance your quality of life with your existing heart for as long as possible.

When to seek help

If you suspect a heart condition such as heart failure, please complete the form to request an appointment.