MaineHealth delivers expert cardiovascular care at regional hospitals across the state so patients with heart failure can get comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services close to home.
What is heart failure/congestive heart failure?
Heart failure occurs when the heart is not pumping like it should. Your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood to all the organs in your body. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a type of heart failure which causes fluid retention (or congestion) in the body's tissues. This can cause swelling in the legs, ankles, and other parts of the body. Sometimes fluid collects in the lungs and interferes with breathing, causing shortness of breath. This is called pulmonary edema.
Your doctor or healthcare provider will ask for your medical history, family history and symptoms. Your doctors also will check your blood pressure, listen to your heart and lungs, and check your weight. You may also have the following screenings:
People with advanced heart or lung failure may require mechanical circulatory support (MCS) to replace normal heart and lung functions. Often, these devices are implanted temporarily during an emergency surgical procedure following a heart event. Or, you doctor may recommend a MCS device as a long-term solution for advanced heart or lung failure.
MaineHealth employs the latest equipment and surgical therapies for cardiogenic shock and heart failure including mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), temporary percutaneous ventricular assist devices to support both the right and left ventricles (VAD), durable implantable left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and more.
MaineHealth partners with regional heart transplant centers including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center in Boston to support our patients who require heart transplant surgery. A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, surgeons and specially trained nurses works treats patients who are waiting for, or have already received, a heart transplant.