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There is no cure for heart failure, but managing the disease involves improving symptoms and reducing further damage. In some cases, bypass surgery (CABG) or heart valve surgery could correct other conditions that contribute to heart failure and help stop further damage to the heart.
In addition to lifestyle changes, medication and implanted cardiac devices (ICDs), surgery can remove damaged areas of the heart. Based on your unique condition and medical history, your Heart Team will partner with you to determine your best option for treatment. We offer a comprehensive Advanced Heart Failure Clinic as well as referrals if you are a candidate for surgery.
An appointment with a cardiovascular surgeon requires a referral from your cardiologist or primary care provider. Your heart team will discuss the best option for you:
Left Ventricular Reconstructive Surgery (Dor Procedure)
If you have suffered a heart attack, scar tissue can damage your heart and form an aneurysm. This tough scar tissue makes it harder for your heart to efficiently pump blood to the rest of the body. The Dor Procedure can remove the damaged section of the left ventricle to restore the heart's function and improve symptoms.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Surgery (Septal Myectomy)
In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the heart works harder and tough muscle tissue builds up - making it more difficult for the heart to contract and squeeze blood to the rest of the body. This thick muscle can block parts of the heart and cause the mitral valve to leak. A septal myomectomy is a procedure to remove part of the thick septal wall and improve heart function. During this procedure, your surgeon may also repair or replace the leaky valve.
CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure Monitoring
CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure Monitoring As the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring system, the CardioMEMS™ is a revolutionary device that allows your doctor to monitor real-time data about your condition. This tiny device will wirelessly measure pulmonary artery pressure after it is implanted in your pulmonary artery during a minimally invasive procedure. CardioMEMS™ wirelessly transmits lung pressure data directly to your doctor on a daily basis. With this device, you receive highly personalized care and proactive management of your condition which reduces the likelihood of hospitalization. Ultimately, your physician will know about any changes in lung pressure before you even notice changes in your condition and quality of life.