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Center for Advanced Heart Failure Treatment

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Center for Advanced Heart Failure Treatment
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
920 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Heart failure (or congestive heart failure) is one of the fastest growing health problems in the U.S., with people of all ages experiencing its life-changing effects. In many cases, the right treatment can slow the progression of the disease and help those with heart failure live longer, more satisfying lives.

To learn more about Heart Failure treatments, call 612-863-3900 or

The Minneapolis Heart Institute®’s Center for Advanced Heart Failure Treatment brings together a team that specializes in heart failure and understands how to manage it. The team works closely with each patient, the patient's primary care doctor and the patient's family. This coordinated approach focuses on the individual needs of each patient and family and helps them live with heart failure more comfortably and easily.

Because heart failure can profoundly affect how patients and families live their lives, the Center emphasizes education and support.

Heart failure support groups offered for patients and families include:

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Heart Transplant manual

This manual gives basic information about having a heart transplant. The goal of the heart transplant is to add years to your life and improve the your quality of your life.


For a certain percentage of people living with heart disease, traditional treatments are not effective. For them, we offer the OPTIMIST (OPTions in Myocardial Ischemic Syndrome Treatment) Program. Learn more at

Heart failure means that your heart is not working correctly. The main job of your heart is to pump blood to your body. It is like a pump that pumps water out of a pool. If the pump is weak, not all of the water can be removed. Some of the water stays in the pool.

When your heart is weak, it can't pump the blood as well as it should. Parts of your body can hold extra fluid that isn't being moved very well by your heart.

Fluid build-up in your lungs can cause shortness of breath when you walk, go up stairs or lie down. Fluid build-up in your stomach can cause upset stomach after eating, bloating or swelling.

There are two types of heart failure:

  • your heart can't fill up with as much as it should
  • your heart can't squeeze out as much blood as it should.

In both cases, your heart isn't pumping enough oxygen-rich blood, and fluid is backing up in your lungs and stomach.

Causes of heart failure

There are many of causes of heart failure. Some of the common causes are:

  • heart attack
  • heart value problems
  • viral infections (that attack the heart)
  • chemotherapy and radiation therapy (to treat cancer)
  • pregnancy-related (rare condition that can occur in the third trimester of pregnancy or the first few months after giving birth)
  • alcohol use (in large amounts)
  • street drug use (such as cocaine or heroin)
  • genetic (runs in families)
  • obesity (being overweight)
  • diabetes.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-31-2
Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 08/11/2011

There are several options available to treat advanced heart failure when managing the disease is no longer the best option for the patient.

LVAD support group

A support group for people who have received a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). Open to patients and their family members. Learn more.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Heart Transplant manual

This manual gives basic information about having a heart transplant. The goal of the heart transplant is to add years to your life and improve the your quality of your life.


Minneapolis Heart Institute® partners with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation to offer clinical trials and new treatments, such as Stem cell therapies. Research is important for advancing the diagnostic capabilities and improving treatments in the future. Learn about related research studies.


These devices once acted as a "bridge" between the time a patient was in need of a heart transplant and the time a heart was available for transplantation. Due to recent technological advancements, they function as a more permanent solution, allowing some patients to avoid a heart transplant all together.

Heart Transplant

The Transplant Program has been in existence since 1985. Each year, approximately 12 patients receive a new heart at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Heart transplant survival rates

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

National hospital average

1-year post-transplant



3-year post-transplant



Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients



LVAD coordinators

  • Jessica Boughton
  • Carrie Weaver
  • Elizabeth Carter

Heart transplant coordinators

  • Nancy Siemers (pre-transplant)
  • Susan Falk (post-transplant)
  • April McGaver (post-transplant)