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Heart Failure Expertise at Weill Cornell Medicine 

Heart Failure, also known as congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. Affecting more than 5 million Americans, heart failure is often a long-term (chronic) condition but may also develop suddenly.

Heart failure is a serious condition that requires expert care. The specialists at the Weill Cornell Medicine Perkin Center for Heart Failure provide patients with comprehensive, effective treatments. 

Heart Failure Risks

The most common risk factors for heart failure are:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Valvular disease

Other less common causes of “systolic heart failure” include cardiac noncompaction, some forms of cancer treatment, systemic illnesses which may affect the heart including connective tissue and inflammatory diseases (sarcoid, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma spectrum of disease), or fatty infiltration of the heart (ARVD).

In younger patients, heart failure is often caused by myocarditis—an inflammatory response commonly brought about by a viral illness. 

In elderly patients, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is increasingly recognized as the most common form of heart failure. 

Heart Failure Symptoms

With heart failure, the heart becomes unable to respond normally to increased demand from activity. The heart is not able to maintain healthy blood pressure and volume levels. This often causes parts of the heart to become enlarged or for the heart to retain fluid. 

Patients with heart failure may experience: 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling 
  • Difficulty exercising
  • General fatigue
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Difficulty performing normal activities, such as dressing or bathing, without assistance
  • Sleep-disordered breathing patterns

Types of Heart Failure We Treat

Heart failure is complex and can lead to many different types of heart problems. Other cardiac disorders may have similar symptoms as heart failure, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Therefore, it is important for patients to visit an experienced cardiologist who specializes in heart failure. 

At Weill Cornell Medicine, we treat: 

  • Left-sided heart failure including heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HRrEF), often called “systolic failure” and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), often called “diastolic failure” or “diastolic dysfunction”
  • Right-sided heart failure
  • Congestive heart failure 

How We Treat Heart Failure 

At the Weill Cornell Medicine Perkin Center for Heart Failure, our team of world-class cardiologists uses the most advanced diagnostic tools, imaging technology, and therapies to treat and manage heart failure. We work hard to diagnose and treat heart failure as early as possible, as well as provide long-term care that gives our patients the best possible outcomes. 

Our team offers a wide variety of treatments, based on each patient’s specific needs. We may treat heart failure with: 

  • Medications
  • Minimally invasive (catheter-based) and other cardiac surgery techniques
  • Mechanical circulatory support devices
  • Heart transplant 

Our team of cardiologists, nurse practitioners, dieticians, physical therapists, and social workers work collaboratively to provide comprehensive care and maximize our patient’s quality of life. 

Request an Appointment

To make an appointment to see one of our physicians with expertise in Heart Failure, you may:

  • Contact our physician offices directly by calling 212-746-2381 
  • Established patients can request an appointment online, using Weill Cornell Connect located to the left/right on this page. We will make every effort to call you within 24 hours.

Our staff is here to help coordinate your care. To facilitate a comprehensive review of your history, you and/or your referring physician will be asked to fax all relevant medical records to 212-746-6665 prior to scheduling an appointment with one of our physicians.

Our Physicians

Faculty Title Phone
Headshot of Evelyn Horn
Evelyn M. Horn, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Services 212-746-2381
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Maria Karas, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine 212-746-2381
Udhay Krishan, M.D.
Udhay Krishnan, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine 212-746-2381
Headshot of Irina Sobol
Irina Sobol, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program 212-746-2381

Make an Appointment

(212) 746-2381

Weill Cornell Medical College
Division of Cardiology
520 East 70th Street
Starr 443
New York, NY 10021