The Cardiovascular Institute’s Heart Failure Program provides advanced care for heart failure patients and post-heart transplant patients. This specialized program allows heart failure patients to remain close to home for coordinated care of all their treatments and testing.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart weakens and loses the ability to pump enough blood to the body's tissues. When too little blood is delivered, the organs and other tissues do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly.
Heart failure can be caused by coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart valve problems, viral infections and other diseases of the heart muscle (myocardium), as well as drug and alcohol abuse. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 5.8 million people in the United States have heart failure, and about 670,000 people are diagnosed with it each year.
There are different types of heart failure, and we treat them all here at MMC:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Left-sided heart failure
- Right-sided heart failure
Your Care Team
A multidisciplinary team of leading cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and specially trained nurses
Maine Medical Center partners with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA for heart transplant surgery. Maine patients who are waiting for a heart transplant receive their regular treatment and testing at the Cardiovascular Institute.