Heart Failure

The UAB Medicine Advanced Heart Failure Program offers comprehensive,specialized treatment options for end-stage heart disease, a condition that affects some 5 million adults in the United States alone. Our state-of-the-art care often can extend patients’ lifespans while improving their quality of life.

At the core of our program are nationally ranked physicians, advanced practice providers, and nurses who work together to deliver evidence-based, multidisciplinary patient care. UAB Medicine’s internationally recognized expertise in diagnosing and treating advanced heart failure makes it a premier choice for patients at every stage of advanced heart failure.

For patients who fail medical management of their condition, available treatment options at UAB Medicine include cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support devices such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), pacemakers, defibrillators, and promising new techniques and devices being tested in research studies. Our Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Program implants more VADs annually than most other regional medical centers and is the only program of its kind in Alabama. It is Medicare-approved and holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for meeting required standards and performance measures.

UAB Medicine’s Heart Transplant Service is one of the top programs of its kind internationally, with accumulated experience garnered through 1,000-plus transplants over the past 25 years. This dedicated team of highly specialized cardiologists, surgeons, and nurses are experts in providing care, from the initial evaluation through long-term follow up with transplant patients and their families.

Selection Criteria

Patients who may benefit from a consultation with the UAB Medicine Advanced Heart Failure Program include those with:

  • Symptoms of heart failure despite usual medical therapy
  • Frequent hospitalizations for decompensated heart failure
  • Impaired quality of life due to heart failure
  • Evidence of end-organ involvement, such as renal failure or liver congestion
  • End-stage coronary disease not eligible for revascularization
  • Ventricular tachycardia and implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks that are unresponsive to therapy

Services Offered

  • Heart and heart-lung transplantation
  • Mechanical circulatory support devices for patients who are symptomatic despite medical treatment or have recurrent hospital admissions
  • Comprehensive Cardio-oncology Program
  • Medical management of advanced heart failure, including new and investigational therapies
  • Evaluation and management of diastolic heart failure, including pericardial diseases
  • Placement of a pulmonary artery sensor to monitor volume status
  • Evaluation and management of pulmonary hypertension
  • Management of cardiomyopathies and other rare cardiac conditions, such as cardiac amyloidosis and Fabry’s disease
  • Right heart catheterization and hemodynamic assessment

How to Refer

The UAB Medicine Advanced Heart Failure Program is located in the UAB Cardiology Clinic on the 4th floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, at 2000 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233. To refer a patient, please call UAB MIST (Medical Information Service via Telephone) at 1.800.UAB.MIST (800.822.6478).


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UAB Ambassador is a service that allows referring physicians to access their patients’ UAB records – including inpatient and outpatient documents, activities, and lab results – through a secure online portal.

To request access to Ambassador, click here to complete the form and return to UAB Physician Services via fax to 205.996.9107 or via email to physicianservices@uabmc.edu. For more information or questions regarding Ambassador, contact UAB Physician Services at 205.934.6890 or email physicianservices@uabmc.edu.



Educational Opportunities

Heart Failure Guidelines Prabhu Tallaj
Heart Failure Guidelines and Program

Sumanth Prabhu, MD, director of the division of cardiovascular disease, and Jose Tallaj, MD, professor of medicine in the division of cardiovascular disease discuss the advanced heart failure program and the types of patients that could benefit from the disease management offered at UAB Medicine.