At Levinson Heart Failure Clinic, our cardiologist strives to care for the most sensitive and intensive diseases of the heart, helping you maintain a long and active lifestyle. Learn about our cardiology services, the conditions we treat, how diseases are diagnosed and how we will manage your care.
Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease. The damaged heart does not pump blood correctly. The disease usually progresses, and patients develop life-threatening heart failure. People with cardiomyopathy are also more likely to have irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias.
Congestive Heart Failure
When the heart sustains injury that weakens its pumping ability, a complicated physiological state called congestive heart failure (CHF) can develop. Fluid builds up in the lungs and lower extremities, the heart enlarges, and many symptoms develop, including severe fatigue, difficulty breathing while lying down, and altered brain function.
Coronary Angiography (Cardiac Catheterization)
Cardiac catheterization is a test that uses a catheter and an x-ray machine to check the heart and its blood supply. It is used to find the cause of symptoms, such as chest pain or heart palpitations, that could suggest larger heart problems.
A coronary angioplasty is a procedure to open an artery in the heart that has become narrowed due to atherosclerosis (the buildup of deposits on the walls of the arteries). This allows better blood flow through the artery and to the heart muscle. It is often done with a balloon that is passed through a special catheter (tube).
In coronary stenting, a mesh, metal tube is placed in an artery in the heart. The tube is called a stent. It helps to keep the artery open. It is placed after an artery has been cleared of blockage during an angioplasty. There are two types of stents. One is called a drug-eluting stent. It is coated with a medication that is slowly released. The medication helps decrease the rate of re-blockage in the artery. The other type of stent is called a bare-metal stent. It does not contain any medication. Your doctor will discuss which stent option is best for you.
Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
A heart assist system implantation is an artificial heart. It is also called a ventricular assist device (VAD). This single-chamber artificial heart works by compressed air or battery power. The device boosts the function of a failing heart ventricle. The most common VAD is a Left Ventricular Assist Device, or LVAD, which pumps blood from the left ventricle to the aorta.
Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device. It helps maintain a normal heartbeat by sending electrical impulses to the heart. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small, battery-operated device that monitors the heart’s rhythm and provides appropriate treatment. Most ICDs have both pacemaker and defibrillator functions. If the heart beats too slowly, the ICD can help the heart beat at a normal pace. If the heart begins to beat in a disorganized way, the device provides a shock to restore a normal rhythm.
Pressure helps blood flow through blood vessels. Hypertension occurs when this pressure gets too high. When this happens in the blood vessels in the lungs it is called pulmonary hypertension. Normal pressure for blood flow through the lungs is one-sixth of the pressure for the rest of the body. Pressure may rise for any number of reasons, creating a serious condition in which the right side of the heart needs to pump harder to move blood against the pressure. If left untreated the right side of the heart can eventually fail.