Division of Cardiovascular Diseases:
Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program
The Scripps Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Pulmonary Hypertension program consists of board-certified advanced heart failure/transplant cardiologists knowledgeable in all aspects of heart failure, cardiomyopathies and cardiac transplantation. The Scripps Heart Failure program was founded in 2005 by Dr. J. Thomas Heywood and has grown considerably in the past decade, with more than 2500 patients seen in the Heart Failure clinic annually.
The Scripps Heart Failure program focuses on heart recovery with an emphasis on providing patient-centric, high quality inpatient and outpatient care. By focusing on best practices and quality metrics, Scripps Clinic physicians provide patients with the best possible outcomes. These metrics include hospital readmission rates significantly lower than the national average, excellent immediate and long-term survival rates with LVAD therapy and improved quality of life and outcomes in patients implanted with an ambulatory pulmonary artery sensor.
Our Heart Failure cardiologists work closely with Interventional Cardiologists, Cardiothoracic surgeons and Cardiac Electrophysiologists located on the same campus in a multi-disciplinary approach. This enables the team to provide access to procedures such as coronary stenting, surgical and transcatheter mitral, tricuspid and aortic valve replacement, transcatheter atrial and ventricular septal closure, cardiac gene therapy, left and right ventricular assist devices (VADs) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).