Congestive Heart Failure Program

The Heart & Vascular Institute's Congestive Heart Disease Center  enables patients who have been diagnosed with congestive heart disease to manage their health and improve the quality of their lives through early symptom recognition, continuity of care, diet planning and medication management.

One-on-one clinic visits or group educational programs are available where symptoms of heart failure, medications, diet and fluid restrictions are reviewed in detail with patients and their families. 

Routine follow-up telephone calls are made in order to assess progress and to help answer any questions patients may have. Personalized nutritional consultation with a registered dietician is also available to design a balanced program that meets the individual needs of each patient.

The Congestive Heart Disease Center at Hartford Hospital is among the few centers in the area to offer a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, with nursing staff and physicians working as an integrated team, strictly focusing on disease management.


Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

When the weakened heart muscle loses its ability to pump efficiently, the life-threatening condition is called congestive heart failure (CHF). For nearly 5 million aging Americans, congestive heart failure brings frightening trips to the emergency room and recurrent hospitalizations.

In the United States, 550,000 new cases of CHF are diagnosed each year. The condition usually develops gradually as the result of a heart attack, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart defect or viral infection.

During a heart attack, a sudden clot blocks a coronary artery, sometimes damaging the oxygen-starved heart muscle permanently. When the heart can’t pump forcefully enough, blood flow drops as the heart struggles to supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain and vital organs. The chambers of the heart stretch to hold more blood, but over time, the heart muscle walls weaken and pumping slows. The kidneys respond by causing the body to retain water and sodium. Blood backs up into the veins leading to the heart, excess fluid pools in the lower legs and ankles, and the belly becomes swollen and congested. Fluid fills the lungs, causing shortness of breath, especially when lying down.

When so much fluid accumulates that diuretics (water pills) no longer work, the usual treatment is hospitalization for intravenous (IV) administration of medications. In hospitals across the country, congestive heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for patients age 65 and over.



Our Congestive Heart Failure Program Locations:


Meet our Congestive Heart Failure Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Alter, Eric Louis, MD, FACC, RPVI Alter, Eric Louis, MD, FACC, RPVI 203.254.2452
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Fairfield
  • Milford
  • Stratford
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Arora, Sabeena, MD Arora, Sabeena, MD 860.972.1212
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Bell, Jennifer, MD Bell, Jennifer, MD 860.972.1212
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Bleich, Steven, MD Bleich, Steven, MD 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Borer, Steven Michael, DO, FACC Borer, Steven Michael, DO, FACC 860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Casey, David Madigan, MD, FACC Casey, David Madigan, MD, FACC 860.572.5400
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Plainfield
  • Mystic
  • Norwich
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Dougherty, Kevin Russell, MD, FACC Dougherty, Kevin Russell, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Enfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Farrell, William Joseph, MD, FACC Farrell, William Joseph, MD, FACC 203.265.9831
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Wallingford
Feingold, Andrew David, MD, FACC Feingold, Andrew David, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Glastonbury
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Ferraro-Borgida, Melissa Joy, MD, FACC Ferraro-Borgida, Melissa Joy, MD, FACC 860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardio-Obstetrics
  • Echocardiography
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
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Friedman, Meir, MD, FACC, FHRS Friedman, Meir, MD, FACC, FHRS 860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Middletown
  • New Britain
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Golub, Robert Joel, MD, FACC Golub, Robert Joel, MD, FACC 203.265.9831
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Wallingford
Hricz-Borges, Linda Marie, PA-C Hricz-Borges, Linda Marie, PA-C 203.678.1050
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Derby
  • Wallingford
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Kegel, Jeffrey Glen, MD, FACC, FACP Kegel, Jeffrey Glen, MD, FACC, FACP 860.456.2898
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Willimantic
LaSala, Anthony Francis, MD LaSala, Anthony Francis, MD 860.258.3477
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
Lee, Maximilian H., MD, FACC Lee, Maximilian H., MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Glastonbury
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Mansoor, Mohamed, MD, FACC Mansoor, Mohamed, MD, FACC 860.258.3477
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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McMahon, Michael V., PA-C McMahon, Michael V., PA-C 203.269.3791
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Wallingford
  • Oxford
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Moskowitz, Craig Barry, MD, FACC, FHRS Moskowitz, Craig Barry, MD, FACC, FHRS 860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Wallingford
  • Waterbury
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Paoletti, Daniel C., PA-C Paoletti, Daniel C., PA-C 203.264.5911
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Oxford
Sanders, Graig, PA-C Sanders, Graig, PA-C 203.867.5300
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Guilford
  • Branford
  • Hamden
  • New Haven
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Savaria, Mary Ann, APRN Savaria, Mary Ann, APRN 860.886.0023
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Norwich
Swales, Heather Hunt, MD Swales, Heather Hunt, MD 860.224.5694
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Tally, Kevin Joseph, MD, FACC Tally, Kevin Joseph, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Enfield
  • Glastonbury
  • West Hartford
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Thande, Njeri, MD Thande, Njeri, MD 860.972.1506
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Middletown
  • Middletown
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Weissler-Snir, Adaya, MD, CCEP Weissler-Snir, Adaya, MD, CCEP 860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bridgeport
  • Hartford
  • Milford
  • Norwalk
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