Heart failure begins when your heart muscle stops pumping blood as well as it should. Left untreated, the lack of adequate blood flow will cause your organs to progressively fail, resulting in numerous medical complications that can deteriorate a person’s quality of life.

What are the signs and symptoms of heart failure?

  • Shortness of breath, especially when lying down
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Swelling in the feet, ankles and legs
  • Weight gain from fluid buildup

At the Largo Advanced Heart Failure Center at Largo Medical Center our team of dedicated nurses, pharmacists, cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons bring hope to people dealing with signs and symptoms of the condition. Comprehensive services provided at the center include everything from evaluations and testing, to a review of your medications, infusion therapy, metabolic stress testing, implantation of Ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and, coming soon, heart transplants.

Evaluations and testing

This may involve blood work, radiological studies, echocardiograms and heart catheterizations. Also, specialty consults with services such as nutrition, pharmacy, social work, palliative care and others. This allows a true multidisciplinary team approach to develop a comprehensive plan of care individualized for you.

Review of medications

A cardiologist will review your medical history, speak with your other physicians and prescribe medications helping control your heart failure. The correct medications can mean the difference between suffering and living more comfortably.

Implantation of Ventricular assist devices (VADs)

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical device that circulates blood through the body when the heart is too weak to pump blood adequately on its own. It is designed to supplement the pumping function of the heart. At Largo Medical Center, we specialize in left ventricular assist device implantation.

Program accreditation

Largo Medical Center (LMC) is the first hospital in Pinellas County approved by Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. (DNV) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implant a device restoring blood flow throughout the body for those with Advanced Heart Failure, and for those who have exhausted other medical therapies. The device is called a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD).

To learn more about the Largo Advanced Heart Failure Center, call (727) 588-5243.