A diagnosis of advanced heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure or CHF, indicates heart disease that has progressed to a point where traditional therapies and symptom management are no longer working. Over time, the heart becomes enlarged and the tissue becomes damaged. Heart failure is most common in people over age 65 and is a leading cause of hospitalization for this age group.
Nationally-recognized experts dedicated to the needs of patients diagnosed with this condition, lead the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI).
Patients are typically referred to our program by their cardiologist or primary care physician.
Why Inova for Advanced Heart Failure?
Inova offers Northern Virginia's only heart failure program. Our physicians have been at the forefront of medical advances in treating heart failure for decades and care for thousands of heart failure patients each year. Additionally, we offer:
- Cardiologists who are board certified in both advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology
- One of the only heart transplant programs in the Washington, DC region certified for both heart and lung transplantation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- One of the mid-Atlantic's busiest mechanical circulatory support programs, leading the development and use of ventricular assist devices or "VADs" – also commonly referred to as LVADs, for patients living with end-stage heart failure. Our program has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Ventricular Assist Devices.
- Leading-edge research studies to develop new therapeutic approaches to advanced heart failure, including devices used as a bridge-to-transplant or as a destination therapy. Learn more about Inova's current heart-related clinical trials.
Learn more about our program outcomes through the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR).