The Heart Failure program at University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver provides comprehensive, quality care for patients with all stages of heart failure, both acute and chronic. We offer a multidisciplinary approach that provides access to the latest treatment options as well as to research studies that evaluate new therapies for heart failure.
Our team includes board certified physicians, nurses, dietitians, case managers, and physical therapists. We provide care from the onset of heart failure through the long term management of living with chronic heart failure, or receiving a mechanical circulatory assist device or heart transplantation.
Our team-based approach delivers comprehensive care
At UCHealth, comprehensive care and treatment for heart failure uses a team-based approach. Medical professionals from many specialties come together to review your specific situation and recommend the plan of care that fits your particular needs.
In addition to you and your family or caregivers, members of your UCHealth VADs care team may include:
- Heart failure cardiologists
- Interventional cardiologists
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Transplant social workers
- Transplant financial counselors
Mechanical Circulatory Support
If you’re living with advanced heart failure, a ventricular assist device (VAD) can provide mechanical circulation support. The implanted device helps the lower chambers (ventricles) of your heart pump blood throughout your body.
VADs may be used as a:
- Short-term solution while you recover from surgery
- Bridge to transplant (BTT) while waiting for a new heart
- Permanent implant, known as Destination Therapy (DT), for long-term pumping help
A nationally-certified program for Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)
Members of the UCHealth heart care family gain access to our extensive support services for people with ventricular assist devices. In addition to educational materials and presentations, you have 24/7 contact with us through our telephone-based pager system, and we can arrange to visit you at home.
For more information about the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) program at UCHealth, email or call our coordinator at 303-266-4522
You benefit from the only program in the state certified by The Joint Commission, the oldest and largest independent healthcare accrediting agency in the United States. We hold The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for VAD Destination Therapy—one of just 60 nationwide—which means you can trust our experience and skill to deliver the highest quality of care.
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital is the only facility in the region to offer a full range of ventricular assist devices to help the right, left, or both ventricles pump blood more effectively. We played a key role in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial for the HeartMate II® Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS), which received approval for use in 2010.
In addition, we meet or exceed the national standard two-year survival rate of 50 percent for improving lives with VADs when surgery or transplant is not an option to relieve advanced heart failure.