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Heart Failure Program — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Amyloidosis is a rare condition caused by the buildup of a protein called amyloid in one or more organs or tissues. Clumps of the abnormal proteins, called amyloid deposits, lead to damage of the affected area.
  • Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve that decreases blood flow into the aorta, the main artery carrying blood out of the heart.
  • Cardiomyopathy

    Cardiomyopathy refers to diseases of the heart muscle. Cardiomyopathy can make heart muscle larger or more rigid, which can make it harder for the heart to pump blood properly and maintain a normal rhythm. This can lead to heart failure or arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).
  • Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart weakens and can’t pump enough blood throughout the body. It doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working or is about to stop working, but it is a serious condition that needs immediate medical attention.  
  • Coronary artery disease, also known as ischemic heart disease, occurs when the heart can’t get enough blood and oxygen. This is caused by atherosclerosis a buildup of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, along the inner walls of the arteries.
  • A heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs when part of your heart muscle is damaged or dies due to a lack of blood flow to the area, which deprives it of oxygen.
  • Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when that force is too high and begins harming the heart and blood vessels.
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can cause abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia) or a blockage of blood flow out of the ventricle. It is a common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
  • A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that lodges in one of the lung's arteries. This results in shortness of breath and chest pain. If not treated, it can be fatal.
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)

    Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a type of arrhythmia where the heart beats too fast because of a glitch with the heart’s electrical system originating in the two top chambers (atria). During episodes of SVT — which come on suddenly and are usually brief — the heart rate speeds up to as high as 300 beats a minute (a normal rate is 60 to 100 beats a minute). SVT may require treatment if it happens frequently, lasts longer than a few minutes or causes symptoms.
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

    Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a rapid heartbeat (a pulse rate of more than 100 beats per minute, with at least three irregular heartbeats in a row) that originates in the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles). It can develop after a heart attack or in people with heart failure, cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, heart valve disease or congenital heart disease. Symptoms — including pounding heart, shortness of breath, chest pain and dizziness — often come on suddenly and go away on their own.