Heart failure

The Duke Heart Center’s nationally recognized approach to heart failure treatment effectively manages symptoms and dramatically reduces the frequent hospitalizations often associated with the disease. Our approach has proven so effective that hospital readmission rates for our heart failure patients dropped 12 percent last year. Our team of cardiovascular specialists in Durham, Raleigh and beyond see more than 3,600 heart failure patients annually. Our goal is to provide you with the care you need, when you need it, so you have the best quality of life possible.

Comprehensive approach to heart failure

Heart failure, or congestive heart failure, requires advanced treatment and long-term care. As one of the nation’s top-ranked heart centers, we have the resources and expertise to provide successful long-term management of congestive heart failure symptoms and related conditions. Our approach is hands-on and comprehensive. We offer the most current therapies available and continually seek out new and better ways to tailor our care to your cardiac needs.

Choose Duke Heart Center for your heart failure treatment because we offer:

  • Top-ranked care. U.S. News and World Report ranks Duke’s heart experts 4th in the nation, based on our patients’ survival rates, the number of procedures we perform, and the quality of the support services.
  • A proactive approach to treatment. Your condition will be monitored closely by our team of specialists -- in and outside of our offices -- to ensure your needs are promptly met and potential problems are identified early, before they reach a critical stage.
  • Same-day symptom relief. If you need immediate relief, you can access the state’s only walk-in acute heart failure clinic with infusion capabilities. Our goal is to help you avoid an emergency room visit or overnight hospital stay.
  • Novel treatments through clinical trials. Because we are one of only nine U.S. centers in the National Institutes of Health's Heart Failure Clinical Research Network, you may have access to major heart failure clinical trials, and your treatment options may include the most current advances and technologies.
  • Better outcomes. Studies show that physicians with the most experience have patients with the best outcomes. Duke ranks nationally for the number of procedures performed for two of the most common heart failure treatments -- we rank third in the nation for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation, and fourth in the nation for the number of heart transplants performed.
  • Disease management. Our heart failure rehabilitation program teaches you how to live with your disease. If you receive an implanted device, you’ll participate in our specialized clinic that ensures the device is continually fine-tuned for optimum performance.



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