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The Yale Heart Failure Program

Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support

The Yale Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support is one of the finest in the country and consistently among of the largest volume programs in the North East. Our program has worked to expand access to donations through methods such as “donation after cardiovascular death”, use of Hepatitis C NAT+ donors, and through desensitization efforts of patients highly sensitized to potential donor antigens. Our center implants the HeartMate 3 LVAD as both Destination Therapy and Bridge to Transplantation.

Disease Management

The Heart Failure Population Health Program is a clinical care network which extends across the Connecticut, managing almost 30 thousand patients. Our group utilizes a variety of technologies for monitoring the health of our heart failure patients in the community, and we have several Heart Failure clinics open to drive the medical care of patients with newly diagnosed heart failure or recent hospital admissions.

Heart Failure Research

The Yale Heart Failure Program is a leader in translational and clinical research. Areas of interest range from novel therapies to improving uptake of guideline recommended interventions. We have several clinical trials ongoing across the spectrum of disease. Our clinician-investigators also serve in leadership positions in academic journals and national societies.

Fellowship Training Program

Directed by Tariq Ahmad, MD, MPH, our faculty support the ACGME accredited training of two aspiring advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologists each academic year. Our fellows train in a high-volume transplant program with significant patient exposure in all phases of the transplant process. Additionally, the management of complicated cardiogenic shock, left ventricular assist devices and rare forms of cardiomyopathy are passed down from faculty to fellow.

Comprehensive Heart Failure Program

Led by Tariq Ahmad MD, MPH, the Comprehensive Heart Failure Program comprises of a number of out-patient and in-patient initiatives dedicated to producing high quality outcomes for all types of heart failure patients.

The Heart Failure Population Health Program is a clinical care network which extends across the Connecticut shoreline, from Greenwich in the west to New London in the east. Our group utilizes a variety of technologies for monitoring the health of our heart failure patients in the community, and we have several Heart Failure Disease Management clinics open to drive the medical care of patients with newly diagnosed heart failure or recent hospital admissions.

The Inherited Cardiomyopathy Program includes clinics staffed with clinicians whom are experts in diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy clinics which focus on acquired disease such as cardiac sarcoidosis and cardiac amyloidosis also exist. Finally, directed by Robert Elder, MD, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program acts as a clinical care bridge for the pediatric patient with heart disease as they age and mature into adulthood.


Heart Failure Research

Directed by Jeffrey Testani, MD, MTR, members of our group are active in many forms investigational scientific and clinical research. Areas of interest include diuretic therapies - not only loop diuretics but also SGLT-2 inhibitors, digital tools to assess heart failure population risk and predicted patient outcomes, new medical therapies for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and TTR cardiac amyloidosis, as well as endeavors to expand the heart transplant donor pool. Our investigators also have the opportunity to partner with the immense talent available through the Yale School of Medicine’s Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) and the Yale Cardiovascular Research Group.

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