UPMC Hosts Town Hall Meeting for Heart Failure Patients
Experts from the UPMC Advanced Heart Failure Center
will host an educational town hall forum for patients and health care professionals about the latest treatments for severe heart failure, including medical therapy, ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy, surgical approaches and heart transplantation.
Participants will include Christian Bermudez, M.D.
, UPMC’s chief of cardiothoracic transplantation; Robert Kormos, M.D.
, director of UPMC’s Artificial Heart Program and co-director of heart transplantation; Ravi Ramani, M.D.
, UPMC’s associate director of cardiac transplantation, patients and others.
WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 6 p.m.
WHERE: UPMC Passavant–McCandless, Assembly Hall, First floor, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Complimentary parking is offered at UPMC Passavant.
WHY: About 5.8 million people in the U.S. suffer from heart failure. The UPMC Advanced Heart Failure Center is among the nation’s leading programs of its kind, and the only full-service heart failure center in western Pennsylvania.
UPMC clinicians will provide an overview of treatment options and answer questions on topics including advances in the medical and surgical treatment of heart failure, determining who is an appropriate candidate for VAD therapy or heart transplant as well as social, emotional, and financial considerations. UPMC patients will also share their personal experiences of dealing with heart failure.
Media wishing to cover the event should call Jennifer C. Yates at 412-647-9966 or email YatesJC@upmc.edu