When you have
heart failure, your heart has trouble delivering oxygen-rich blood to the rest
of your body. You may find it difficult to perform everyday tasks or even just
take a full breath.
Forest Baptist Medical Center, we offer comprehensive programs to help patients
with advanced forms of heart failure. Our Advanced Cardiac Care and Transplant Program
includes a dedicated a team of highly trained specialists offering
expert care for patients with severe forms of heart failure.
Advanced Care for Heart Failure in
Cardiac Care and Transplant Program provides specialized care for patients who
not able to find relief from typical heart failure treatments. Our surgeons are leading
specialists in their field and have been pivotal in advancing many aspects of
heart care, including heart transplant.
Your doctor may
refer you to our Advanced Cardiac Care and Transplant Program if you:
- Experience a new
onset of heart failure
- Do not respond
well to medication therapy
- Have two or more
hospitalizations for heart failure in one year
- Have a recent
deterioration for cardiac function
surgery replaces a diseased or damaged heart with a healthy heart from a human
donor. At Wake Forest, our Advanced Cardiac Care and Transplant Program helps
heart failure patients who have exhausted all other reasonable treatment
options. Patients with the most severe cases of heart failure may require a
heart transplant for many reasons:
Recognized Leader in Ventricular Assist
assist device (VAD) is an artificial heart pump that either temporarily or
permanently takes over the pumping function of your heart. At Wake Forest, our
VAD program has earned advanced specialty certification. We are one of only 131 hospitals in
the country and one of four in North Carolina to
meet strict national standards for quality and safety, and we have done so for
the past three years.
Assist Devices serve two functions:
- Bridge to transplant: If
you are waiting for transplant surgery and your heart can no longer do its job,
a VAD takes over the work of your heart until you receive a transplant.
- Long-term therapy: If
you are too weak for surgery or have other medical conditions that prevent you
from being able to have a heart transplant, a VAD can provide long-term
We offer some of the best available
technology including Impella® and TandemHeart®.
- Impella®: A tiny pump our surgeons can insert in five
minutes through a catheter. This device provides immediate support and can
remain in place for up to seven days.
- TandemHeart®: A cannula (flexible tube) that
reduces the work of the heart by relieving pressure and providing a steady
supply of oxygenated blood to your organs.
Surgery at Wake Forest
surgery is an aggressive form of treatment and may not be appropriate for
everyone. If you have end-stage heart disease, your doctor will perform a
series of diagnostic tests to determine whether you are eligible for a
transplant. At Wake Forest Baptist Health, a specialized team of physicians,
surgeons, pharmacists and nurses manage every aspect of your procedure.
Here’s how it works:
will be asleep during your surgery and connected to ECMO, which will take over the function of
your heart and lungs, and pump your blood for you.
make a large incision in your chest, separating your breastbone so that there
is enough room for the surgeon to remove the diseased heart and replace it with
the donor heart.
spend several days in the hospital after heart transplant surgery, including a
short stay in our cardiac intensive care unit.
body may treat your new heart as a foreign object and try to reject it.
Following heart transplant surgery, you'll need to take special medication to
prevent this from happening.
care will continue after surgery with follow up visits with your doctors as
well as rehabilitation. Learn more about cardiac rehabilitation services at Wake Forest.
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