Congestive Heart Failure

Duke's heart clinics nationally recognized approach to congestive heart failure treatment effectively manages symptoms and dramatically reduces the frequent hospitalizations often associated with the disease. Our approach has proven so effective that hospital readmission rates for our heart failure patients dropped 12 percent last year. Our team of cardiovascular specialists in Durham, Raleigh and beyond see more than 3,600 heart failure patients annually. Our goal is to provide you with the care you need, when you need it, so you have the best quality of life possible.

Comprehensive Approach to Heart Failure

Heart failure, or congestive heart failure, requires advanced treatment and long-term care. As one of the nation’s top-ranked heart centers, we have the resources and expertise to provide successful long-term management of congestive heart failure symptoms and related conditions. Our approach is hands-on and comprehensive. We offer the most current therapies available and continually seek out new and better ways to tailor our care to your cardiac needs.

Choose Duke for Your Congestive Heart Failure Treatment

  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Duke’s heart experts among the best in the nation, based on our patients’ survival rates, the number of procedures we perform, and the quality of the support services.
  • Our heart failure team’s commitment to providing high-quality care is recognized by the American Heart Association, which awarded us the 2016 Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award. Our efforts to redesign care ensures our heart failure patients have the best chance to get and stay well.
  • Your condition will be monitored closely by our team of specialists -- in and outside of our offices -- to ensure your needs are promptly met and potential problems are identified early before they reach a critical stage.
  • If you need immediate relief, you can access the state’s only acute heart failure clinic with infusion capabilities. Our goal is to help you avoid an emergency room visit or overnight hospital stay.
  • Novel treatments through clinical trials. Because we are one of only nine U.S. centers in the National Institutes of Health's Heart Failure Clinical Research Network, you may have access to major heart failure clinical trials, and your treatment options may include the most current advances and technologies, including studies of stem cell therapy and other advances.
  • Our heart failure rehabilitation program teaches you how to live with your disease. If you receive an implanted device, you’ll participate in our specialized clinic that ensures the device is continually fine-tuned for optimum performance.
  • Duke is among the top five programs in the nation for the number of procedures performed for two of the most common heart failure treatments –left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation, and heart transplantation.


Heart failure may be managed using one of the following therapies, which aim to improve how your heart and/or valves function, and how your blood flows to your heart and the rest of your body.


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