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Women & Heart Failure

Slightly more women develop heart failure than men do, but many more women than men die of the condition. Women have a better survival rate than men when heart failure is caused by valvular heart disease, high blood pressure, or alcohol abuse. The survival rates of women and men are more similar, however, when heart failure evolves from coronary artery disease or heart attack. In fact, women are much more likely to develop heart failure after a heart attack than men.


Diagnosing & Treating Heart Failure

Using an integrated and collaborative approach, heart failure is diagnosed, staged, and treated with a wide array of comprehensive therapies and treatments ranging from carefully chosen medications, to ventricular assist devices and complex heart surgery including heart transplantation.

The Center for Heart Failure at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is led by Allen S. Anderson, MD, and Edwin C. McGee, MD. Dr. Anderson is a cardiologist and the medical director, Center for Heart Failure and the medical director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assistance. He is responsible for post-operative patient management both in the hospital and at home. Dr. McGee is a cardiothoracic surgeon and the surgical director, Center for Heart Failure and the surgical director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assistance. Dr. McGee has extensive experience in Women & Heart Failure and heart transplantation
Heart failure is a debilitating and often lethal disease that requires comprehensive management including carefully chosen medications, prudent surgical intervention, and cardiac rehabilitation. The Center for Heart Failure's outstanding multidisciplinary team uses a systematic approach to manage patients with heart failure.

Clinical Trials for Heart Failure

The Center for Heart Failure is also currently conducting clinical research trials to test the latest devices and drugs related to heart failure and to identify genetic risk factors that may be responsible for heart failure and sudden cardiac death. These ongoing clinical research trials help to ensure that our patients continue to receive the most innovative care for heart failure in the country.

Contact Us Today

For more information regarding women and heart failure or to obtain a consultation, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467 or request a first time appointment online.

Clinical Trials

For more information regarding clinical trials related to heart failure, please visit the Clinical Trials Unit of Northwestern, send an email or call 312-926-4000.
Last UpdateAugust 1, 2013