Five-Star Heart Failure Treatment at Augusta University Medical Center

If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

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Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, is a serious condition where your heart can’t pump enough blood to support your body. Patients experience weakness, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, among other symptoms. 

It can be caused by:

  • Coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries)
  • Cardiomyopathy, heart disease from infection or other causes
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart valve disease
  • Heart rhythm problems

Comprehensive Care for Congestive Heart Failure

Patients with heart failure can often benefit from a broad continuum of care. Our heart failure services focus on comprehensive services to help improve the quality of life for patients with heart failure:

  • Medications and medical management
  • Cardiac catheterization to open arteries
  • Devices, including pacemakers, biventricular pacemakers and implantable cardiodefibrillators in the region’s only dedicated electrophysiology lab
  • Cardiac surgery, including coronary bypass or angioplasty to improve blood flow to damaged heart muscle or heart valve surgery
  • A state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation program that provides safe activity parameters and advice on lifestyle changes
  • Heart failure education
  • Investigational drugs and devices
  • Pediatric heart program through our Children's Hospital of Georgia

Meet Our Heart Failure Specialist

Dr. John Thornton