AHF & PH: For Patients

Heart failure develops when the heart does not function properly. The description of “heart failure” does not mean that the heart has actually “failed” or stopped, but rather that one or more chambers of the heart “fail” to keep up with the volume of blood flowing through them. Heart failure can be brought on by a variety of underlying diseases and health problems. To learn more about heart failure, by visiting UCSF Medical Center website.

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare and serious blood vessel disorder of the lung. Managing this illness and its complications, including right heart failure, requires expertise and access to sophisticated treatment such as oral and continuous intravenous medication, and lung transplantation. To learn more about pulmonary hypertension, visit UCSF Medical Center website or the Hypertension Association website.

Patients evaluated in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension program have access to the most novel pharmacological, electrical (including implantable cardiac defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy), surgical (including mitral valve surgery, high risk coronary artery bypass grafting, surgical ventricular reconstruction, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation).

For patients with irreversible heart disease, our program offers them a novel and comprehensive approach. All management decisions are shared with the local health care provider, so continuity of care can be maintained. Patients referred to our team are scheduled in our outpatient clinic within two to three weeks of the original referral.

To contact the Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension programs, please call (415) 353-9088.

To contact the Heart Transplant and the Mechanical Circulatory Support programs, please call (415) 353-4145 (option 1).