Chat With a Doctor: Heart Failure

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Do you have a question about heart failure? Nader Moazami, MD, Director, Cardiac Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device Therapy Program, and Maria Mountis, DO, Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at noon (ET).

Chat With a Doctor: Heart failure Live Web Chat: noon (ET) on Dec. 17, 2012

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Featured Expert
Nader Moazami, MD

  • Director
  • Cardiac Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device Therapy Program
  • Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation

Featured Expert
Maria Mountis, DO

  • Medical Director
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
  • Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation

Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It’s easy to be part of our live chat events, led by Cleveland Clinic doctors and health professionals.

About heart failure

Heart failure affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans, and about 670,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped working — just that the lower chamber of the heart isn’t pumping with enough force or the ventricles are stiff and don’t relax and fill properly.

There may not be any overt symptoms of heart failure, or the symptoms may be mild to severe. Symptoms can be constant, or can come and go. With the right care, heart failure will not stop you from doing the things you enjoy.

Possible questions for this webchat

  • What symptoms are most common with heart failure?
  • What are my treatment options if I am diagnosed with heart failure?
  • What technological advances are being made with heart assist devices used to treat this condition?
  • Can I live a normal life with heart failure?

Dr. Moazami is a staff cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. His specialty is surgical treatment of heart failure, including heart transplantation and mechanical heart assist devices.

Dr. Mountis is staff in the Division of Cardiology, Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic. She is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant.

This health chat will open on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.

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