Heart failure patients get new option

January 04, 2012

The Joint Commission has certified Providence Center for Advanced Heart Disease for destination therapy services, offering relief to patients with advanced heart failure whose treatment options are limited.

The disease-specific care certification is awarded to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Destination therapy is an alternative for patients with end-stage heart failure who do not qualify for heart transplant. Unlike short-term “bridge-to-transplant” use of a left ventricular assist device, destination therapy means that the device is implanted permanently.
Long-term LVAD therapy provides better quality of life and improved life expectancy over medication therapy alone, according to research.

Patients referred to Providence Center for Advanced Heart Disease will receive a treatment plan coordinated by a multidisciplinary team led by cardiothoracic surgeon Gary Ott, M.D., and cardiologists Jacob Abraham, M.D., and Alicia Ross, M.D. The team is available for consultation or access to services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To learn more or to refer patients, call the center at 503-216-1182.