Advanced Heart Failure Program

a male doctor discusses the advanced heart failure program with his older male patient

When heart failure is advanced or difficult to manage, it’s best treated by a team of specialists who understand both the challenges of your condition as well as your unique needs.


The Advanced Heart Failure Program at Houston Methodist aims to offer the best care and outcomes for individuals with advanced heart failure. The program is a collaborative effort between DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center.


Effectively Treating & Managing Your Condition Through Advanced Treatments


Advanced heart failure cannot be cured. But the sooner you have a dedicated team, an effective care plan and the right resources, the better your condition can be treated and managed.


Care within our program starts with a comprehensive evaluation, where we leverage our extensive experience and cutting-edge imaging techniques to assess your heart condition and explore your options. We treat your symptoms of heart failure as well as your specific heart condition — with the ultimate goal being to help your heart heal.


While ventricular assist devices (VADs) and/or heart transplants may ultimately be needed, our experts are always exploring innovative options so you can live with your own heart as long as possible.


Our team also has expertise diagnosing and treating even the rarest and most challenging conditions, including:



A Dedicated Care Team Fully Invested in Your Health


Living with advanced heart failure is a journey. Key to this journey is partnering with an advanced heart failure team with the experience and resources needed to help you effectively manage your condition.


Our team of specialty trained experts includes:


  • Board-certified physicians
  • Nurse coordinators
  • Social workers
  • Financial specialists
  • Dietitians
  • Support group counselors



Your care team provides complete care. From one-on-one consultations with your doctor and help understanding your options, to remote monitoring by your nurse while you’re at home and support from your coordinator as you navigate how to feel better — our team is here for you.


And if your care becomes more complex, our team expands to meet your needs.


Expertise in Heart Transplant


If heart failure progresses and a heart transplant or VAD is needed, we partner with specialists from J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center to provide outstanding care and helpful resources.


Our program has an extensive history and track record performing numerous heart transplants and implanting mechanical heart pumps. We also have expertise in multiple organ transplant options for those who are in need. In addition, dedicated coordinators and social workers help you prepare for your operation and stay healthy after.


The close collaboration among our experts means that transitions between our clinics are seamless for you.