Buying Precious Time: Advanced Therapy for Heart Failure Patients

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Heart failure is a serious and increasingly common condition that shortens lives.

“The prognosis of severe heart failure is as bad as any aggressive cancer,” said Anuj Jain, MD, an interventional cardiologist with CHI Health.

“More than 6 million people in the U.S. have heart failure today, and that number is expected to double by 2030.” In fact:

  • 600,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed each year and this number is growing
  • 50 percent of heart failure patients will not be around in five years
  • Of 100,000 patients with severe heart failure, half would not be alive in a year without advanced heart failure therapies

So what is it? Heart failure simply means your heart’s ability to pump blood isn’t keeping up with the demands of your body. “It’s commonly caused by blocked heart arteries or heart attacks,” Dr. Jain said. “Other common causes include excessive alcohol use, viral infection and it can sometimes happen after pregnancy.”

There is hope if you’re one of millions with heart failure. CHI Health has comprehensive heart failure programs and a national referral center.

“We have excellent medications that help prevent heart failure hospitalization, heal the heart and prolong life,” Dr. Jain said. “Progression to severe heart failure can be prevented with good medical therapy in the beginning.”

Patients with severe heart failure also have treatment options.

“We now have advanced therapies to help patients with more severe heart failure in the form of heart assist devices and heart transplantation,” Dr. Jain said. “These therapies can prolong the life of severe heart failure patients.”