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Clinical Services at Rush Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant and
Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Jose Mendez, MD, and Barbara Pisani, DO, medical co-directors of the Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago

Heart failure can result from a variety of causes — including coronary artery disease, hypertension and heart attack — and lead to a variety of symptoms. But it always means the same thing for those who have it: that the heart can no longer pump enough blood to keep the body functioning properly. To help their hearts function better, patients with advanced heart failure need specialized, top-quality care. That's where the Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Rush comes in.

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Treatments

At Rush, internationally renowned cardiac surgeons and cardiologists provide the gold standard in heart failure treatments, including the following:

  • Device therapy. Rush offers a variety of devices, including cardiac defibrillators and biventricular pacemakers, that can be implanted in the body to correct abnormal heart rhythms and help the heart work better.
  • Surgery. Cardiac surgeons at Rush perform ventricular assist device implantation; coronary artery bypass; repair and replacement of the mitral, aortic and pulmonary valves; and a range of other procedures that heart failure patients may need.
  • Medical management. To help control heart failure, cardiologists may prescribe angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, beta blockers, diuretics or other medications alone or in combination with other treatments.

Diagnostic services

To determine which treatments are most appropriate for each patient, the clinical team at Rush will conduct a physical examination of the patient and may recommend one or more tests, including some of the following:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise test
  • Chest MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Coronary angiography
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Holter monitor

Clinical trials

Physicians at Rush are involved in clinical trials evaluating new treatment options for patients with cardiovascular conditions, including medications, devices and stem cell and gene therapy. For more information or to enroll a patient in a trial, call (312) 942-5498.

Clinical team

Jai Raman, MD, PhD, cardiac surgeon (director)
José Méndez, MD, cardiologist (medical director)

Patient and family resources

Posts about heart health from the Rush InPerson blog

Quality of care

Rush University Medical Center has one primary goal: offering patients the highest possible quality of care. As part of this effort, we continually evaluate our care processes and clinical outcomes. See the resulting data and learn more about our quality measures.

 





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Heart Failure & Heart Transplant Program
Contact Phone
(888) 352-RUSH
Contact E-mail
contact_rush@rush.edu


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