Heart Failure


Veteran Sean Dobbs was facing end-stage heart failure, but a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) helped him regain his health as he awaited a donor heart. Find out how this procedure and his subsequent heart transplant not only saved his life, but changed its direction as well.

UC San Diego Health provides comprehensive, compassionate care for patients with all stages of heart failure, both acute and chronic. Our collaborative approach offers you access to the latest diagnostic and treatment options, as well as research studies evaluating new therapies.

Our multi-disciplinary team includes cardiac imaging specialists, electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. We have dedicated clinics and a pharmacist just for heart failure patients.

What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart does not pump as much blood as the body needs. The term “failure” does not mean that the heart has stopped, only that it is not pumping blood effectively.

Read more about heart failure and its causes.

Treatment Options

Although there is no cure for heart failure due to damaged heart muscle, many forms of treatment have been used to treat symptoms very effectively.

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