At Rochester Regional Health’s Center for Advanced Heart Failure & Mechanical Circulatory Support, our experts are specially trained to evaluate, treat and provide acute and long-term care for people with any stage of heart failure. Through our highly trained heart failure team and comprehensive approach, we strive to provide expert care that results in improved outcomes, no matter how complex the case.
Our philosophy is to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary team approach to a complex disease state to optimize outcomes. In addition to our heart failure physicians, we employ a full team of advanced practice providers with specialized heart failure training, heart failure nurses, social work, palliative care, to provide comprehensive care to our patients. We also work closely with our cardiac imaging team, interventional and structural cardiologists, electrophysiologists and cardiac surgeons to ensure all facets of a disease state are covered. Every week we have multidisciplinary meetings amongst specialists to review challenging cases to ensure no stone is unturned and all options are evaluated prior to pursuing a treatment strategy.
Rochester resident Jacky Fields received life-saving treatment from Dr. Scott Feitell and our Sands-Constellation Heart Institute team -- through a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, she was able to get the care she needed close to home and be seamlessly integrated with the Cleveland Clinic physicians.
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Heart Failure: This is an umbrella term that describes many different types and causes of disease. In the simplest of terms, heart failure describes a state where the heart is unable to provide enough support to supply the body. Reasons can include prior heart attacks, familial diseases, viral illness, and countless other causes. Our multidisciplinary team will explore all potential etiologies and ensure guideline-directed medical therapies and devices are offered that can improve both the quality and quantity of life!
Pulmonary Hypertension: This disease state is defined by high pressures within the lungs that can make it challenging to breathe. Unfortunately, this disease can often go unrecognized and untreated for many years. While easy to diagnose, it can be difficult to treat and often will require several medications and procedures. Sometimes patients require intravenous (IV) therapy and rarely even lung transplantation. Our center also specializes in rare types of pulmonary hypertension such as chronic thromboembolic disease (chronic blood clots in the lungs) that requires specialized surgery. We are the only center in upstate New York to offer this surgery.
Amyloidosis: a rare condition caused by abnormal protein either in the liver or bone marrow that causes heart failure. The disease is often missed and can be fatal if not treated. We work closely with our hematology/oncology and neurology colleagues as this disease can often cause neuropathy and other nerve symptoms and can be linked to cancers and other blood disorders.
Sarcoid: another rare condition that can affect the heart and lungs as well as other organs. Often times this disease can affect the electrical system of the heart and can cause heart failure. We work closely with our pulmonology colleagues in the treatment of many complex cases
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM or HOCM): the most common inherited disease of the heart. Often causes an “enlarged heart” or thickening of the heart muscle. Symptoms can be mild to non-existent, but can also include shortness of breath on exertion, syncope (passing out) and even chest pain. Our comprehensive team evaluates the risk of sudden cardiac death, uses multi-modality imaging for risk stratification, optimizes medications, and when needed provides both surgical and minimally invasive septal reducing procedures.
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Our Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support program is recognized regionally and nationally for superior performance and care. U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has named Rochester General Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and Unity Hospital as 2022-2023 High Performing hospitals for heart failure treatment. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals Procedures & Conditions ratings. Rochester General Hospital and Unity Hospital have also received Healthgrades awards for Five Star Treatment of Heart Failure.
Meet the Heart Failure & Mechanical Circulatory Support experts at Rochester Regional Health.