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Advanced Heart Failure Care
at Penn State Heart and
Vascular Institute
Options for Patients
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute offers a variety of treatments for
advanced heart failure including: heart transplant, total artificial heart and
left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant (as destination therapy or
bridge-to-transplant).

Whom to refer?
Individuals with Advanced New York Heart Association Class III or Class IV
and one or more of the following symptoms1 should be considered for referral
to Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute:
Inability to walk less than one block without dyspnea
At least one heart failure-related hospital admission within six months
Not responding to or not able to tolerate:
ACE inhibitors
Beta-blockers
Angiotensin receptor blockers
Furosemide dose more than 1.5mg/kg/day
Measured peak VO2 less than 14ml/kg/minute or
less than 50 percent age/gender predicted on treadmill
1

Russell SD, Miller LW, Pagani FD, Advanced heart failure: a call to action. Congest Heart Fail. 2008; 14: 316-321

To make a patient referral for advanced heart failure care, call 1-888-478-8971.

PennStateHershey.org/heartandvascular

1-888-478-8971

HVI-11381-17 65972 010417


http://www.PennStateHershey.org/heartandvascular

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