When you have congestive heart failure, your heart cannot pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. As a result, you may get short of breath, tire easily and develop swelling in your ankles, legs and feet. Some people eventually need a heart transplant.
The Advanced Heart Failure Program at MUSC Health’s Heart & Vascular Center offers more treatment options than any other program in the state. Our doctors are dedicated to helping you enjoy life again.
When you come to us for heart failure treatment you benefit from:
MUSC Health’s Heart & Vascular Center is the only center in South Carolina that provides a complete range of heart failure treatments. Our heart failure experts have the necessary skills and training to offer you treatment options not found elsewhere. Some of these treatments may return you to a better quality of life faster.
In addition to standard options such as medication management, we also offer these specialized treatments:
Mechanical circulatory support devices such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) help your heart pump blood. Our doctors’ active participation in national clinical trials gives you access to the latest, most advanced VADs available.
At the Heart & Vascular Center, our doctors use VADs in two ways:
Learn more about mechanical circulatory support (VADs) at MUSC Health
Since performing South Carolina’s first heart transplant in 1987, our transplant specialists at MUSC Health have saved the lives of more than 450 South Carolinians with severe heart failure. We continue to be the state’s only pioneering transplant leader.
Our comprehensive program is designed to address all of your cardiac needs. We offer the latest bridge-to-transplant devices to support your heart while you wait for a transplant. After a transplant, you can improve your health through our heart-strengthening cardiac rehab program. Learn more about heart transplants at MUSC Health.
MUSC Health is the only hospital in South Carolina to use the CardioMEMS home monitoring system for patients with heart failure. Our heart failure team uses information transmitted from this implanted device to monitor your heart health from the convenience of your home.
These daily readings enable our team to detect warning signs of heart failure before symptoms appear. Our doctors adjust treatment as needed to help you avoid hospitalization and enhance your quality of life.
Heart specialists at the MUSC Health Cardio-Oncology Program work with your cancer doctor to protect your heart before, during, and after cancer treatments. Learn more about cardio-oncology care at MUSC Health.
The Heart & Vascular Center is among a select few centers nationwide with the expertise to perform alcohol septal ablation. This procedure is a safer, nonsurgical approach to treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCOM), an often inherited condition that causes the heart muscle to thicken abnormally and obstruct the flow of blood out of the heart during each heartbeat.
The traditional treatment for HCOM is a surgical procedure called a septal myectomy to remove thickened heart muscle. During an alcohol septal ablation:
In addition to traditional open heart surgical procedures to repair or replace faulty heart valves, we also offer minimally invasive catheter-based treatment options.
Our heart valve specialists are the state’s leading experts in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis. We also are the only medical center in South Carolina offering a first-of-its-kind device called the MitraClip® to treat patients who have severe mitral regurgitation.
To learn more about services available at the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center or to schedule an appointment, please call 843-792-1616.