Cardiomyopathy (Heart Failure)

If you have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, it means your heart muscle has been weakened by disease and cannot adequately pump blood through the heart.

As a nationally renowned heart center, we have multiple specialties who work together to take care of patients. Other specialties include nursing, surgery, electrophysiology, social work, pharmacy, dietary, finance and supportive and palliative care. Our team will diligently work with you to determine what options are best for you and from which therapies you would benefit most.

Many patients with congestive heart failure often need care from multiple professionals including cardiologists who specialize in heart failure, electrophysiologists who can help with irregular heart rhythms, and cardiothoracic surgeons who can offer surgical treatments.

If advanced heart failure therapies are needed, UI Hospitals & Clinics has maintained the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Destination Therapy Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program and is the only hospital in Iowa that offers heart transplants. This means that patients who are waiting for a heart transplant and/or are not a candidate for transplant can be put on a Ventricular Assist Device (heart pump) so that they can improve their quality of life and live longer.

High Performing rating from US News and World Report

Our heart failure program is recognized as significantly better than the national average for our patient outcomes, number of patients we care for, and continuity of care throughout the patient's care experience.

Over 6,000 hospitals were evaluated; only 18% received a high performing rating.

What Your Care Would Consist of

Prompt diagnosis, clinic visits and close outpatient follow-up provide the best results in heart failure. We have a multidisciplinary clinical team that participates in your care and will work closely with you to determine your goals of care.

Evaluate newly referred patients to outline optimal treatment strategies
Nurse coordinators
Assist in the initial evaluation, coordination of individualized care plans, and education of monitoring heart failure symptoms
Review medications and monitor patients closely for side effects and drug interactions
Social workers
Provide support to maximize the patient and family psychosocial environment
Cardiac surgeons
Evaluate patients with advanced heart failure who may need surgical therapies such as VAD or heart transplant

Diagnostic Steps may Include:

  • Lab tests
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Stress testing
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • MRI
  • X-ray

Type of Treatment Depends on the Type of Cardiomyopathy:

We treat all types of cardiomyopathy including, but not limited to, dilated, hypertrophic, restrictive and congenital. If needed, we will refer you to other cardiac specialties.

  • Medications including, but not limited to:
    • ACE Inhibitors
    • Aldosterone blockers
    • Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB)
    • Angiotensin Receptor-Neprilysin Inhibitors (ARNI)
    • Beta blockers
    • Diuretics
  • Ablation
  • Artificial cardiac pacemaker
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
  • Heart transplant
  • Stem cell therapy

Our team participates in clinical research to determine how current heart failure therapies can be combined with new, upcoming treatment options. You may be eligible to participate in a trial of new therapies. Learn more about our clinical trials.

Care Team