Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure or "CHF," is a condition where the heart muscle is damaged and cannot effectively pump blood throughout the body.
Heart failure symptoms
Common symptoms include shortness of breath, difficultly lying flat at night, swelling of the legs, abdominal bloating, increasing body weight, and loss of appetite.
Managing and living with heart failure
With lifestyle modifications and medications, heart failure can be
manageable. A patient in the most advanced stage of heart failure may
require intravenous medication, an implantable heart pump (VAD or LVAD), or a heart transplant. Heart failure is most common in people over 65 and is the leading cause of hospitalization for this age group. Read more about heart failure in our online health library.
Heart failure treatments
We work closely with patients and their families to design personalized treatment plans to maximize quality and quantity of life. Read about our heart failure treatments
A history of expertise in treating heart failure
For decades, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute physicians have been at the forefront of medical advances in treating heart failure—from minimal symptoms to advanced disease and heart transplantation. Last year we saw more than 1,800 heart failure patients.
Inova's heart failure program is a leader in Northern Virginia and one of the Washington, DC, region's
only CMS-certified heart transplant programs. We are a leader in the development and use of VADs or LVADs for patients living with end-stage heart failure.
We are one of the busiest ventricular assist programs in the Mid-Atlantic,
and have earned The
Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for exemplary, quality care and
Our heart failure program doctors and experience
We are Northern Virginia's only heart failure program with cardiologists who are board certified in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. Learn more about our team and their heart failure treatment experience
Our flagship heart hospital in Northern Virginia
The Inova Heart & Vascular Institute's flagship facility is located on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. We are one of the busiest ventricular assist programs in the Mid-Atlantic,
and have earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for exemplary
care and service.
Research and clinical trials
For more than 20 years, Inova has participated in research to develop
improved devices for both bridge-to-transplant and destination therapy.
The Inova Heart and Vascular Institute team of physicians not only care
about the technical aspects of VADs but also what happens once they are
Patient support group
Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is pleased to offer the Heart and Lung
Transplant/VAD Artificial Heart support and education group. The group
meets the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Inova Heart
& Vascular Institute Conference Center, ground floor. (VAD patients to
meet ½ hour longer.) Call 703-776-3203.