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Heart Failure, Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support

COVID-19 update: Our providers are seeing patients and we have resumed necessary surgeries and procedures. Video visits are available for many appointment types. For in-person visits and procedures, we have increased our safety measures to protect you and our caregivers. Call 858-657-8530 and we will guide you to the most appropriate type of care.

Drs. Adler and Pretorius

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 Cardiovascular Care Locations

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.

Led by Drs. Eric Adler, Barry Greenberg and Victor Pretorius, 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.

Meet our heart failure physicians

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

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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.

We create treatment plans to fit each patient's age and medical history, the cause, type and stage of heart failure, and personal preferences. Options may include:

ECMO Expertise

ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) is life-support technology that replaces the function of the heart and/or lungs. It is typically used to support patients with heart or lung disease while they either recover or wait for an organ transplant. Our expertise with ECMO includes:

  • Ability to provide ECMO support followed by advanced respiratory and cardiovascular care and therapies, including VAD and heart and lung transplant
  • Management by a multidisciplinary team of physicians trained in emergency medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and pulmonary disease, along with nurses and trained respiratory therapists
  • Member of Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

We are experienced in receiving patients for transfer who need or on currently on ECMO support. For more information, visit Inpatient Transfer Services.