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The Comprehensive Heart Failure Program at the UF Health Shands Transplant Center improves the lives of patients with heart failure by:

  • Giving advanced medical treatment in an efficient and compassionate manner
  • Being a regional resource to physicians and other health care providers
  • Promoting improvements in the science and caring for the patients with a failing heart

Heart Failure Clinic

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a clinical syndrome that occurs when the heart is unable to meet the metabolic needs of the body. It is not a specific disease, but the end result of any of a number of cardiac diseases.

Common CHF symptoms are:

  • Shortness of breath - either with exertion or in some cases at rest
  • Inability to lie flat without feeling out of breath
  • Swelling - in the legs and abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and eventually wasting

The mortality of this syndrome remains very high for the CHF patients with weakened heart. A patient who presents today of heart failure due to a weakened heart has a 90 percent chance of dying form CHF. The five-year survival rate is 50 percent.

The number of patients with CHF is increasing. More patients are surviving previously fatal heart attacks. Estimates show that there are over three million Americans with CHF and that 400,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.