Heart and Circulatory Disorders, Heart Transplantation


Don’t let the diagnosis fool you—there’s still a lot of living to do

A diagnosis of heart failure can be overwhelming, to say the least. But it doesn’t mean your life is over. Our team of physicians, surgeons and specialists use the latest and safest therapies to make sure patients live the longest, healthiest lives possible. Meanwhile, our researchers constantly push for new discoveries to advance the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

The Center for Advanced Myocardial and Circulatory Disorders and Heart Transplantation is the first and most experienced adult Heart Transplant Program in the region and focuses on developing treatments for patients suffering from diseases that lead to heart failure and those who ultimately may require a mechanical circulatory support device or heart transplant.  The Center will continuously develop medical therapies and interventions for disease management and work with a world-class team on surgical and transplant options.

Everything we know. For you.

  • The Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Center, one of the largest exclusive heart failure programs in the region brings nationally renowned physicians together to diagnose and treat approximately 3,000 heart failure patients every year.
  • Nearly 25 years ago, University of Cincinnati Medical Center was the first hospital in the Tristate to successfully implant a ventricular assist device (VAD). Today we continue to lead the region in the research and implantation of mechanical assist devices. Our cardiac surgeons are nationally recognized as leaders in cardiovascular care.
  • We were the first hospital in the region to receive Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification for VAD by the Joint Commission.
  • The Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Center earned Advanced Certification from the Joint Commission, healthcare’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body. This means we’ve proven our commitment to the highest level of care for patients with heart failure.
  • UC Health cardiac surgeons performed the United States’ first-ever endoscopic triple valve surgery at UC Medical Center. In a single incision roughly one-inch long, the team performed endoscopic cardiac surgery to replace the aortic and mitral valve and repair the tricuspid value. The endoscopic approach is the least invasive surgical procedure possible, with no damage to the bones. They can operate up to three heart valves through one very small skin incision, compared to a traditional open-heart surgical approach, leading to faster recovery and reducing surgical time by 50%.

Conditions & Treatments

  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Circulatory Shock
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Advanced Mechanical Circulating Assist Devices
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Biventricular Assist Device (BiVAD)
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Triple Valve Endoscopic Surgery

Heart Transplant Patient Owns the Lanes and Her Health

Watch David Waits’ Successful Transplant Story