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From Heart Failure To Heart Success

There’s always hope, even for heart failure. We’re dedicated to preventing, treating — and even reversing — symptoms through a collaborative team approach, innovative technology, and one-of-a-kind treatment facilities. Because when it comes to your heart, you deserve the best treatment possible.

World-Class Expertise. First-Class Care.

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                        Dedicated Heart Success Center

Dedicated Heart Success Center

The Heart Success Center is committed to giving you a safe transition and your full recovery with effective whole care that strives to keep you healthy and out of the hospital.

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                        Pioneering Research

Pioneering Research

Our doctors are at the forefront of cardiovascular research with more than 30 clinical trials conducted simultaneously each year, all working to improve your whole heart for your whole life.

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                        #1 Heart Transplant Program in the Southeast

#1 Heart Transplant Program in the Southeast

Florida Hospital Transplant Institute performed more heart transplant than any other transplant center in the Southeast region.  

Explore Your Treatment Options

Medication

Certain heart failure symptoms can be tough to tackle with lifestyle changes alone. But getting on the right medications can help stop the progression of heart failure and get you back to the lifestyle you love. And we’re here to help you make the right choices.

Medications used to treat heart failure include:

  • Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors
  • Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB)
  • Angiotensin-Receptor Neprilysin Inhibitors (ARNI)
  • Beta-Blockers
  • Digoxin
  • Diuretics
  • Vasodilators

Learn more about different medications in our Heart Failure Downloadable Guide.

Downloadable Guide
Devices

Certain people living with heart failure may qualify for surgical procedures and devices that may help improve heart function and reduce the symptoms and effects of heart failure. These procedures range from minimally invasive to more extensive interventions.

Devices used for heart failure care include:

  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICD)
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

Learn more about different devices in our Heart Failure Downloadable Guide.

Downloadable Guide
Heart Transplant

You may be a candidate for a heart transplant if other treatments for heart failure haven’t worked as hoped. If that happens, the transplant team at Florida Hospital Transplant Institute will walk with you through an evaluation to determine if you are eligible for a heart transplant.

What is a Heart Transplant

Put simply, a heart transplant is replacing your heart with a healthy one donated from another person after all other options have been explored. Transplantation can bring renewed hope for an active and independent life.

How a Heart Transplant Works

A heart transplant involves removing your heart from your chest and replacing it with a healthy heart from a deceased donor. During the surgery, the pumping of your blood is rerouted temporarily through a bypass machine while doctors work to connect the donated heart to the rest of your body.

How to Qualify for a Heart Transplant

If you’re a good candidate for a heart transplant, a transplant team will make the final decision and communicate the news to your transplant coordinator and your doctor.

Final authorization will be requested through your insurance. Once the authorization is received, you’ll be placed on a national organ donor waiting list managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a non-profit organization operated under the federal government whose mission is to distribute organs in an equitable, fair manner.

Once a suitable donor is found, you will be contacted with instructions on how to prepare for the transplant.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for a heart transplant, but there are still other options. Your transplant team will discuss alternative treatments with you to help you find the best course of action for your condition.

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Our Specialists Specialize In You

Dr. Donald Botta, MD
Surgical Director of Heart Transplant Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. Nirav Raval, MD
Medical Director of Thoracic Transplant
Dr. Simon Shakar, MD
Transplant Cardiologist
Dr. Scott Silvestry, MD
Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplant
Dr. Mauricio Velez, MD
Transplant Cardiologist
Dr. Andrija Vidic, DO
Transplant Cardiologist
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Rehab & Well-Being: How To Stay Strong

It’s possible to live a long, fulfilling life with heart failure, but the road is often paved with challenges. Lifestyle changes like eating well, exercising, and tracking heart failure symptoms are vital to slow, stabilize, or even reverse the progression of heart failure.  

A strong support system of your family, friends, and qualified specialists also goes a long way. Because the goal isn’t just to survive. It’s to thrive.

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Our Locations. Your Options.

As integral pieces of the largest cardiovascular institute in Florida, every one of our Central Florida locations contributes to the strength of the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute network. Explore your options with the guidance of our dedicated team. We’ll help you find the right fit, so you’re in the best setting to get the care you need.

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Support With Every Beat

A strong community encourages a strong heart. From connecting you with others through our cardiac support groups to helping you navigate our financial assistance tools, we’re here to give you the guidance you need to feel whole.

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Stop Wondering. Start Preventing.

One in five people over 40 develop heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. Beat the odds by understanding the symptoms and the lifestyle factors that can prevent heart failure.

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